Suffolk County Police
Two rescued from capsized boat in Patchogue
Marine Bureau officers rescued two men who drifted more than two miles from capsized catamaran in Patchogue on Tuesday, July 10.
A Davis Park ferry captain observed an unoccupied, overturned 16-foot catamaran sailboat with its mainsail set near Patchogue River Buoy 1 at 3:42 p.m. The captain radioed Marine Bureau officers when he did not see anyone near the vessel or in the water. Marine Bureau Officers Robert Jenkins and Steven Tarolli responded and located the two victims who had drifted more than two miles southwest from the sailboat.
Officers Jenkins and Tarolli rescued Richard Laskowski and Donald Ward Jr., at 3:57 p.m. The officers transported the men and towed the catamaran to Wet Pants Sailing Association, located at 30 Browns River Road in Sayville.
Laskowski, 71, and Ward, 58, of East Islip, told police they had been drifting in the water for over an hour. While stranded in the water, the men attempted to utilize a whistle to garner attention but there were no boaters nearby to hear their distress signals. Both men were wearing personal floatation devices and were showing signs fatigue but were not injured.
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