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Four In Water Clinging To Sinking Boat On Long Island Sound Rescued

Police aboard Westport Marine 1 was used in the rescue of four men clinging to a partially submerged boat that was spotted by a nearby oyster boat Tuesday, June 18 in the Long Island Sound near Peck's Ledge Lighthouse.
Police aboard Westport Marine 1 was used in the rescue of four men clinging to a partially submerged boat that was spotted by a nearby oyster boat Tuesday, June 18 in the Long Island Sound near Peck's Ledge Lighthouse. Photo Credit: Westport Police

Four men clinging to a partially submerged boat in the Long Island Sound that was spotted by a nearby oyster boat were rescued by a police marine unit in Westport.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon, June 18, the Westport Marine Unit responded to a call of four people in the water near Peck’s Ledge Lighthouse.

An oyster boat reported the incident to the Norwalk Police Department who in turn, alerted Westport officers, Westport Police said.

The boat was reportedly clearly overloaded and partially submerged with four occupants clinging to it, according to the report.

The men were shivering, were not properly dressed for conditions and two did not have personal floatation devices, said Westport police.

Police officers rescued all four men from the water and warmed them with blankets onboard Westport Marine 1.

The men were then transferred to a Norwalk Fire Department boat, which brought them to shore to a waiting ambulance, according to police.

All four men were transported to Norwalk Hospital for treatment.

After rescuing the men, officers were able to pump out the boat in order to prevent it from sinking. Once refloated, it was towed from the scene to Norwalk shores by the Norwalk Police Department Marine Unit, said Westport police.

Norwalk Police and Fire Departments assisted and Darien Marine unit and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident, according to police.

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