Suffolk officers help 2 men escape from sinking sailboat during storm in Fire Island Pines harbor
Suffolk officers helped two men escape from their sinking sailboat during a major storm at Fire Island Pines Harbor on Saturday.
Suffolk officer William Houst and three other officers from the Office of the Marines responded to a call for a boating accident at 1 a.m. on Saturday. Officers say they realized the only way to save the two men was to blow them up on their police boat.
“They were very reluctant to do it, but when we explained to them as best we could, in the rain and the wind, that this was their only chance to get off their boat, they were more than willing to jump,” said Houst.
Officer Michael Klarmann says their options were limited. “At first we were trying to get the ropes out of the boat so we could tow it out of there… that wasn’t going to work,” Klarmann says.
“We were dealing with about 3 to 4 feet in the bay and in the harbor,” says Houst. “The boats in the marina ranged from 3 to 4 feet.”
“Their boat was being beaten by a second boat… just getting slammed on it,” Houst says.
During the rescue, Constable Steven Squires was injured.
He is now at home recovering. The men who were rescued on the boat, one from Jersey City and one from Brooklyn, are safe and staying in a hotel room on Fire Island.