Coast Guard Rescues Boat Adrift 43 Miles Off Shinnecock Inlet


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued passengers of a disabled pleasure craft that was adrift 43 miles southeast of the Shinnecock Inlet on Saturday, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Coordinating with the First Coast Guard District in Boston, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound sent out an 87-foot patrol boat from Montauk to tow the vessel to safety as weather and sea conditions were deteriorating.

Just after 2 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a distress call from a passenger aboard the 31-foot pleasure craft, Triena of Shinnecock, stating the vessel had experienced an engine casualty and was adrift.

The Coast Guard cutter Ridley arrived on the scene at dusk and crew members helped the Triena’s passengers aboard before towing. The crew members had difficulty maneuvering their boat when towing the Triena, so a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Montauk towed it in early Sunday morning. The boat was moored at the Montauk Marine Basin shortly after 6 a.m.

According to Master Chief Petty Officer Andrea Martynowski, the officer in charge of the Ridley, the rescue was well done.

“I could not be more proud of the actions of my crew—it was a long night at sea, but this is what we do and why we are in the Coast Guard,” she said in a press release. “I am glad to have been able to assist this disabled vessel and her crew before darkness set in and the sea conditions built overnight.”

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