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WHFD Assists US Coast Guard in Rescue of 3 Victims in New York Waters
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By Chief Robert Peacock
July 13, 2018

Watch Hill Fire responded to assist the United States Coast Guard this morning at 0801 hours with a report of a capsized boat with three victims in the water in the area of Lords Passage near Fishers Island, New York. Watch Hill firefighters responded with Marine 101 and quickly located the overturned boat, an eighteen foot center console open powerboat, at 0818 hours just off Green Can # 7 near the Latimer Point Lighthouse. A coordinated joint search was initiated using boat crews from the Coast Guard as well as Mystic Fire, Groton Long Point Fire, and Stonington Police. A Coast Guard boat crew located the victims at 0827 and transported them into Stonington Harbor. The three male victims, in their forties, fifties, and seventies, were all wearing personal flotation devices and had been in the water for more than thirty minutes. They had no apparent injuries but were transported to the hospital by Stonington Ambulance as a precaution for further evaluation.

THE FACT THAT ALL THREE VICTIMS WERE WEARING PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES CLEARLY PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE SUCCESSFUL OUTCOME OF THIS INCIDENT!

Units: Marine 101 and Marine 100
 
Mutual Aid: United States Coast Guard, Mystic Fire, Groton Long Point Fire, Stonington Police, Stonington Ambulance
 
Firefighter Maine serves as the lookout as Marine 100 begins a coordinated search for the victims using the speed and drift of capsized boat as the last know location of the victims.
Firefighter Maine serves as the lookout as Marine 100 begins a coordinated search for the victims using the speed and drift of capsized boat as the last know location of the victims.
Watch Hill Marine 101 quickly located the overturned boat, an eighteen foot center console open powerboat just off Green Can # 7 near the Latimer Point Lighthouse.
Watch Hill Marine 101 quickly located the overturned boat, an eighteen foot center console open powerboat just off Green Can # 7 near the Latimer Point Lighthouse.
 

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