07/13/14 10:57pm
07/13/2014 10:57 PM

A rescue by a Good Samaritan in the Long Island Sound near Wading River Saturday night led to confusion when the empty boat was recovered by emergency personnel who had no knowledge of the save Sunday morning, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

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07/08/14 4:00pm
Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed Monday when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

Zubair Khan in 2006 with his brother-in-law Umar Niazi. Mr. Khan was killed Monday when his experimental plane crashed into the Long Island Sound near Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy of Umar Niazi)

When Zubair Khan first set out in February 2012 to convert a twin-engine CoZy aircraft into one with a larger single engine, he was met with skepticism from like-minded individuals on an online aviation message board.  (more…)

05/25/14 8:00am
05/25/2014 8:00 AM
A modern painting depicting the October 1814 military engagement off Northville. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Academy Collection)

A modern painting depicting the October 1814 military engagement off Northville. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Academy Collection)

It’s 1814, and the United States is at war.

British frigates and brigs clog the East Coast’s trade routes, preying on merchant vessels and shutting down commerce.

On an October morning, an American cutter called the Eagle finds itself face-to-face with a Royal Navy brig nearly twice its size off Northville.

Below is a detailed account of the encounter that followed.  (more…)

05/05/14 12:24pm
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard boat into the Mattituck Inlet on Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A group of U.S. Coast Guard members in Mattituck Inlet Monday morning with the body of the missing boater. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of a missing boater east of Mattituck Inlet Monday morning, one day after he was reported missing in the Long Island Sound, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.  (more…)

05/04/14 3:53pm
Police return to the shore after they were unable to locate a sailboat that had issued a distress call Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A police boat returns to the shore after officers were unable to locate a sailboat that had issued a distress call Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing the search. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A missing person report is being filed for the owner of a sailboat that made a distress call from the Long Island Sound Sunday afternoon, according to a Riverhead Town police press release.

Ciro Stellges, 59, of Selden was operating a 26-foot fiberglass sailboat named “MAC” when he called 911 at around 1 p.m. and told police his boat was “taking on water,” officials said. The sailboat was built in 1977 by C&C Yachts and its registration number is NY7059FR, police said.

It’s possible Mr. Stellges made the distress call while his boat was sinking near Wading River beach, police said. He had left from Mattituck earlier in the day and was heading to Port Washington, officials said.

The Riverhead Police Dive Rescue Team and Suffolk County Police Department Aviation and Marine units searched for the sailboat, officials said, and Jamesport and Wading River fire departments were on standby.

The boat was not found after a more than 60-minute police boat search of the water, officials said. The police search was finally called off shortly after 2 p.m., but the Coast Guard confirmed at 3:30 p.m. that it is “in the process of conducting a search.”

An officer from the Coast Guard station in New London, Conn. said its search is focused three miles off the shore between Jamesport and Mattituck. The Coast Guard is using two 45-foot boats and a helicopter to search for the missing sailboat, an officer confirmed at 5:30 p.m.

gparpan@timesreview.com

08/31/13 7:17pm
08/31/2013 7:17 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police Sgt. John Vail (center) scans the ocean as Police Officers Christopher Parkin (left) and Rich Freeborn watch on.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police Sgt. John Vail (center) scans the Sound as Police Officers Christopher Parkin (left) and Rich Freeborn watch on.

Police and firefighters from across the area swarmed Long Island Sound just west of Iron Pier Beach in Riverhead Saturday afternoon after someone reported a possible small aircraft crash a few miles off the beach.

Authorities later said they were unable to find any sign of the supposed aircraft after a roughly hour-long search.

The report initially came in as a call to police from a group who were driving near the beach, police said. The group thought they saw an ultra-light aircraft flying near the Sound, but when they turned around, they could see no sign of the plane, police said.

Riverhead police, Riverhead and Jamesport Fire Departments, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a Suffolk County police helicopter and the U.S. Coast Guard all rushed to the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

Riverhead police and Jamesport Fire Department vessels were in the water searching for any sign of the plane near the off-shore oil terminal, but could find no evidence of a crash.

At 6:07 p.m., authorities called off the search. Lt. Lessard said the weather may have played a role in the false alarm.

“With the haze, maybe they didn’t see what they thought they saw,” he said.

psquire@timesreview.com

07/01/13 4:43pm
07/01/2013 4:43 PM
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GOOGLE MAPS | Authorities say two men were pulled from Flanders Bay Monday afternoon

An unconscious man was pulled from Flanders Bay Monday afternoon after a boat sailing from the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center spotted the swimmer in the water, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

A second man, who was from the same boat, was located still conscious about 20 minutes later in Flanders Bay and was pulled to safety by Southampton Bay constables.

The Coast Guard’s Shinnecock Station got the first report of a swimmer who was unconscious in the water about 2:30 p.m., when a Long Island Aquarium vessel found the man in Flanders Bay, said U.S. Guard Petty Officer Michael Fusco.

The Long Island Aquarium boat was unable to pull the man aboard, he said. A U.S. Coast Guard boat arrived on scene 11 minutes later and pulled the man from the water.

The man was unconscious when he was recovered from the bay, and remained unconscious as he was brought back to shore, Mr. Fusco said.

The Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the man to a local hospital, Mr. Fusco said, though he did not specify which.

Less than 10 minutes after the first man was pulled from the water, a second man was spotted in Flanders Bay near a boat that had drifted away, Mr. Fusco said. That man, who was conscious but had become stranded in the water, was pulled aboard a Southampton Bay Constables vessel, Mr. Fusco said.

Authorities later learned the two men were from the same boat, though Mr. Fusco did not say how they ended up in the water.

Updates on the two men’s conditions were not immediately available.

psquire@timesreview.com

06/16/13 6:30pm
06/16/2013 6:30 PM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police searched for an overturned boat near Wildwood State Park Sunday.

Local law enforcement responded to a report of an overturned boat floating in Long Island Sound near Wildwood State Park in Wading River Sunday afternoon.

Riverhead Town Police said a civilian aircraft called authorities after sighting a boat drifting about five miles from the beach at Wildwood State Park. The U.S. Coast Guard and Suffolk County Police assisted Riverhead Town Police in locating the boat, which was found about 4:30 p.m.

Police said the boat — a dinghy — had fishing gear on it, but nobody was spotted in the water and no one has been reported missing. They are calling the search precautionary.

Anyone with information on the boat can contact police at 727-4500.

ryoung@timesreview.com