09/03/16 6:39pm
09/03/2016 6:39 PM

Rescuers were searching for two men who were swept out to the Long Island Sound while fishing near a boat launch in Wading River Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

An 18-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a third man were fishing near the shore off Creek Road when an outgoing current swept them away. The third man was able to hold onto a rock, but the water was too much for the other two. Witnesses on the beach then called 911. READ

07/26/16 3:10pm
Lifeguards Michelle Behr, left, and Nicole soon after the rescue. A U.S. Coast Guard boat, far eft, and the victims' capsized boat can be seen still in the background. (Credit: Sara Schabe)

Lifeguards Michelle Behr, left, and Nicole Visintin soon after the rescue. A U.S. Coast Guard boat, far left, and the victims’ capsized boat can be seen still in the background. (Credit: Sara Schabe)

Two Riverhead lifeguards helped rescue three victims after their collapsible aluminum boat capsized off Reeves Beach in the Long Island Sound at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.  READ

12/14/14 7:21am
12/14/2014 7:21 AM
The Riverhead BID's annual Holiday Bonfire was held downtown Saturday evening.

The Riverhead BID’s annual Holiday Bonfire was held downtown Saturday evening.

This time, rain did not cancel the downtown Riverhead fireworks show, as it had done twice before this year.

But there was still some unintended excitement at Saturday’s annual Holiday Bonfire, as a woman looking to get a closer look at Santa as he got off his boat, fell into the Peconic River at a time when the outside temperature was in the 30s.  (more…)

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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07/02/13 4:23pm
07/02/2013 4:23 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man died Monday afternoon after he tried to retrieve a boat that had drifted away from him in Flanders Bay, police said.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A man died Monday afternoon after he tried to retrieve a boat that had drifted away from him in this area of Flanders Bay, police said.

A man found unconscious and not breathing in Flanders Bay Monday afternoon who was pulled aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel had died and was unable to be revived by medical personnel, Southampton Town police said Tuesday.

The man — whose identity has not been released by police — was clamming with a family member near the mouth of Birch Creek when the wind and tides caused their aluminum boat to come off its anchor and drift away, police said. The victim swam after the boat while his family member “kept an eye on him,” but the family member lost sight of the swimmer, according to a police statement.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The unconscious man was brought to the boat ramp on Point Road, but could not be revived.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The unconscious man was brought to the boat ramp on Point Road, but could not be revived.

The family member began to yell and signal for help and a boat from the Long Island Aquarium found the swimmer unconcious in Flanders Bay, police and Coast Guard officials said.

The Long Island Aquarium boat was unable to pull the man aboard, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Fusco. A Coast Guard boat from the Shinnecock station arrived on scene 11 minutes later and pulled the man from the water.

The Coast Guard performed CPR on the man, but the man didn’t regain consciousness, authorities said.

The Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps took the man from the Point Road boat ramp to Peconic Bay Medical Center, police said. Despite “vigorous and continued efforts” to resuscitate the man, he couldn’t be revived.

The family member was located about 20 minutes later in Flanders Bay by Southampton Bay constables and was pulled to safety, Mr. Fusco said.

Police said the man’s cause of death is still under investigation with the help of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office.

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