Four Wading River firefighters were hospitalized Thursday night after rescuing three stranded NYC boaters on the Long Island Sound, two miles north of Wildwood State Park.
The Wading River Fire Department responded after receiving a call at around 7:45 p.m. that the Tricolore, a 30-foot long sailboat, was taking on water in the rough seas in "gale force winds" on the Sound, said Wading River Fire Chief Jim Evans.
The Fire Department marine crew assisted a Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau that was first to arrive on the scene. At first, the Suffolk County Unit couldn't dock alongside the sinking vessel due to high seas, according to a statement from Suffolk County Police. Eventually, the three men, Jong Solano, 29, of Whitestone, Frederick Chandler, 28, of New York, and Nicholas Condos, of New York were pulled from the boat.
They were transported to St. Charles Hospital for treatment of hypothermia and nausea, according to a statement from police. One man also suffered a non-life-threatening leg injury.
Chief Evans said four Wading River firefighters were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for "precautionary reasons" to be evaluated for hypothermia. They were released last night and are "doing fine," he said.
The Coast Guard sent a boat and a helicopter to the rescue as well, while the Riverhead Fire Department responded with their rescue boat, but the water is too rough to send another boat out, according to a firefighter at the scene.
The three boaters told Suffolk County officers that they had purchased the sailboat on Wednesday and they were unaware the weather would change on such short notice.