4 men aboard an inflatable raft rescued in the Long Island Strait
NEW YORK – Police rescued four men who were stranded when their 10-foot inflatable raft drifted through the Long Island Strait, authorities said Monday.
Suffolk County Police responded when a 911 caller reported the beached raft shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, police said.
The men had left Wading River Beach to go fishing, but were pulled back about a mile from the shore, police said. The raft had no motor and the current was too strong for them to reverse.
Officers from the Suffolk Police Navy and Air Force units located the raft and rescued the four people on board. All were wearing life jackets and there were no injuries, police said.
Last Tuesday, police rescued three people from a sinking sailboat in New Rochelle harbor.
Navy officers responded to the Davenport Reef area shortly before 7 p.m. Monday after a 27-foot sailboat struck a rock and began to take on water, New Rochelle police said.
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The captain of the sailboat was able to guide the boat to the Davenport Beach Club, but the boat began to capsize about 100 yards, police said.
The captain swam to shore for help as the three other people on the ship sat on a part of the boat that was largely submerged, police said.
New Rochelle Police rescued those on board with assistance from the US Coast Guard, Westchester County Police, and Mamaroneck Police. The passengers refused medical treatment, police said.
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On May 23 at approximately 2:41 p.m., New Rochelle police responded to a kayaker in distress in a rocky area just outside the channel near the Isle of David. The kayaker told police he was swept away by strong winds and current further into Long Island Strait.
The New Rochelle resident was taken safely aboard the Marine I. The kayaker refused medical treatment and was returned to the harbor unit base.
With the Associated Press