Greenwich Police rescue fisherman in Sound

Man became stranded after boat swamped, sank kayak

A fisherman knocked from his kayak after it was swamped and sank  Sunday was rescued from the Long Island Sound.

The Greenwich Police Marine Section received a call on Channel 16, the emergency radio channel, from a Good Samaritan reporting a person standing on Red Rock, stranded.

Greenwich Marine officers immediately responded, along with an officer from the State Department of Energy and Environmental ENCON Police and a medic from Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, both of whom routinely patrol Long Island Sound with Greenwich Police on the weekends.

Officers saw a lone man standing on Red Rock with a second man in a kayak floating next to him. Both been fishing when one of the kayaks was swamped by a passing boat wake. The kayak took on too much water, capsized and sank, forcing the angler to swim to Red Rock. Although uninjured, the stranded kayaker was shaken up requested help.

Water near Red Rock was too shallow to allow access to rescue boats, so the second kayaker had to paddle close to shore to pick up his companion, then paddle with him out to the Greenwich police boat. Police took the kayaker whose boat sank to Grass Island, where he was reunited with friends.

Police said there are lessons to be learned from the incident: “First, power boaters need to remember they share the water with other watercraft that operate differently. Second, when using non-powered watercraft, boaters should still carry water proof emergency communication devices such as radios,” according to a press release.

Rescuers pull a fisherman from the Long Island Sound off Greenwich Sunday, Aug. 21, after his kayak was swamped by a passing power boat, then sank. — Greenwich Police Photo

Rescuers pull a fisherman from the Long Island Sound off Greenwich Sunday, Aug. 21, after his kayak was swamped by a passing power boat, then sank. — Greenwich Police Photo

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