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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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.

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06/23/13 5:35pm
06/23/2013 5:35 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A pair of friends was rescued off Hulse Landing Beach in Wading River Sunday afternoon.

The Wading River Fire Department’s water rescue team rescued two people almost a mile off Hulse Landing beach in the Long Island Sound Sunday afternoon.

A woman sailboarder who entered the water in Shoreham was beginning to struggle on the sailboard, and her male friend swam out to help her.

The man, who declined to give his name to a reporter, as did the woman, said he was swimming for about 45 minutes before he finally reached her and told her to hang onto the board while he pulled her to shore. He said he used to be a lifeguard and is a strong swimmer.

Police at the scene said the sailboard was about three quarters of a mile out to sea in the Long Island Sound. A Riverhead Town police officer on a four-wheel drive beach vehicle was alerted by people on the beach, who said the couple appeared to be struggling.

The Wading River Fire Department got the call at about 4 p.m. and initially called for mutual aid from the Riverhead and Rocky Point fire department’s water rescue teams, as well, but they canceled the request after they quickly located the pair in the water. A Suffolk County Police rescue boat also responded.

The pair was safely brought to shore by the Wading River Fire Department boat and both were uninjured and did not need medical attention.  The woman told police she had been in the water since 11 a.m.

The man told a reporter the rescue team “did a great job.”

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