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Shelter Island police officers aboard a marine patrol vessel kept an eye on a runaway boat as it spun in circles between Wades Beach and Shell Beach last summer
As technology evolves, so does the way distressed boaters seek help.
In lieu of traditional VHF radios, boaters frequently turn to dialing 911 when an emergency arises, especially when close to shore where a cell signal is still strong. That has, at times, led to poor communication between different departments coordinating a rescue and delayed notification to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Joe Frohnhoefer III, CEO of Southold-based Sea Tow. (more…)
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Making us proud
To the Editor:
“This trip changed my life.” (more…)
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On Friday, June 8, the Shelter Island Fire Department (SIFD) extinguished a boat fire near Gardiners Island with the help of units dispatched by the Coast Guard and the East Hampton Police Department. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO The North Ferry crew who saved a man from drowning in December receiving proclamations form the Suffolk County Legislature last week. From left, Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue), Dennis Raffelock, Jason Brewer, Jared Gibbs, Captain Lance Willumsen and Legislator Bridget Fleming (D-Noyac).
The Suffolk County Legislature formally recognized a North ferry captain and crew who saved the life of a boater who had gone into the freezing water of the bay in December. (more…)
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The three residents of Emerson Lane on the Klenawicus Airstrip Tuesday, where on Monday they ran to rescue pilot Michael Russo who had crashed shortly after takeoff. From left, Rich Surozenski, Patricia Anzalone and Amanda Gutiw. In the background is the downed plane.
At about six p.m. Monday, Amanda Gutiw was home on the Island from her job at Sea Tow in Southold.
She was in the kitchen of her house on Emerson Lane, a quiet cul de sac where the backyards border on open fields and the long, mowed grass runway of Klenawicus Field. She decided on chicken salad for dinner and set about making it, half-watching a rerun on the Discovery Channel of “Deadliest Catch.”
At the same time, several hundred yards away at the far end of the runway, Michael Russo was taxiing his single engine Cessna 162 slowly to a spot for take off. (more…)