Three men who were dumped into Tiana Bay when their canoe tipped over last Thursday morning were rescued by good Samaritans who spotted the struggling men from shore.
Christian Pacheco, 32, of Hampton Bays, and Anthony Galves, 28, and Wilber Saldana, 39, both of Queens, fell into the bay at around 8:30 a.m. on September 5 when one of the men stood up to jump into the water. They were not wearing life jackets, according to authorities.
Mark O’Mara, Tom Miqueli and Walter Schutz spotted the three men in the water from the Hampton Arms apartment complex on West Tiana Road, where they all live. The trio hopped in a boat and went out to rescue the canoe passengers, who were about 100 feet from the shore, according to Southampton Town Police.
The three rescuers were able to help the three men work their way closer to shore by the time the U.S. Coast Guard arrived from the Shinnecock Station. The three men pulled from the water were examined by emergency medical personnel at the scene and taken by Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment of minor injuries, according to police.