Boaters rescued Sunday from wind-whipped waters
Published 1:54 pm, Monday, June 16, 2014
People aboard three boats floundering off the town's shoreline were rescued about 20 minutes apart during Sunday morning's strong winds.
The first call involved four young children in two kayaks -- a 10-year-old, an 11-year-old and two 12-year-olds -- out on the water off Penfield Beach around 10:30 a.m. A witness contacted police to report that it looked as though the young kayakers were having trouble returning to shore.
When officers arrived, the kayakers were about half-mile off shore and yelling for help. Three of the children and their kayak were taken on board the police boat; the second kayak, with an 11-year-old girl, had become separated from her friends, but she also was rescued and brought on board.
Police said all four of the children -- three boys and a girl, all from New York City -- were suffering from mild hypothermia and were taken to Bridgeport Hospital for treatment.
A short time later, just before 11 a.m., marine police received a call from a man who was on his 13-foot Catalina Expedition with his two children, ages 7 and 5. He said he had lost control of the vessel because of the winds. Police arrived on the scene to find that a good Samaritan had taken the two children on board his boat.
The children, and their father, were taken by police back to the fuel dock at the South Benson Marina, where firefighters and an ambulance were waiting. They refused medical treatment.
The Bridgeport police towed the Catalina to Jennings Beach, where it was turned over to the marina manager.