Jul 30, 2014

Boaters Rescued After Vessel Nearly Sinks off Orient

Crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk and Orient-based Douglas Marine Towing help save boaters and 23-foot boat.

Boaters Rescued After Vessel Nearly Sinks off Orient Boaters Rescued After Vessel Nearly Sinks off Orient

The Coast Guard received a call from boaters whose vessel was taking on water somewhere off Montauk on Monday night.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jay Abbott, of , said the distress call came in around 11:30 p.m. The boat had struck some rocks. "They cracked open the transom and messed up the motor," Abbott said.

Three boaters, aboard a rental from , were unable to give their exact location, which turned out to be almost one mile west of the ruins off Orient Point.

"They had no idea where they were" Abbott said. They weren't reading the GPS on board correctly, first giving the Coast Guard coordinates that were on land.

With the help of other boaters, the Coast Guard was able to pinpoint their location and get to the sinking 23-foot fiberglass center console boat within about a half-hour. There was about six inches of the wide of the boat showing above water, Abbott said.

Douglass Marine Towing, which is based in Orient, got there first and the boaters were safe aboard the tow when the Coast Guard arrived, Abbott said. They already had a side-tow hooked up and was trying to dewater the boat. Abbott and MK2 Brian Juinga jumped aboard to hook up a bigger pump, which did the trick.

Robert Douglass and his two sons Peter and Adam were aboard the tow and said there was a hole in the transom, according to his wife Patricia Douglass, who mans the radio. They think it was in danger of flipping over.

The towed it to Orient by the Sea and were trailering it back to Uihlein's on Tuesday afternoon.

Also aboard the Coast Guard boat that helped to bail out the sinking vessel were Petty Officer 2nd Class Ismael Velasquez and Seaman Marcus Lee.

A Southold Police Department boat was also on scene, according to Abbott.

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