Five women saved in two water rescues near Ocean Beach and Fort Salonga


Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued two kayakers and three paddleboarders in two separate incidents this holiday weekend.

Sergeants Ronald Breuer and Michael Gorey, aboard Marine Charlie in the Great South Bay on Friday about 11:45 a.m., responded to a call of two teenaged kayakers in distress 500 feet off shore in Ocean Beach.

The officers found the two 17-year-old girls hanging onto their kayaks and not wearing life jackets. The teens’ kayaks had overturned and they had been in the water for 20 minutes.

The friends were not injured and were taken to Ocean Beach Marina. Meanwhile, two other Marine Bureau officers, Robert Reuter and Joseph Riviello, aboard another vessel, retrieved the kayaks.

About 2 p.m. on Friday, Marine Bureau officers rescue three paddleboarders stranded in the Long Island Sound, one mile off Fort Salonga’s Crab Meadow Beach.

Officers Robert Reed and Keith Walters, aboard Marine Bravo, responding to a call of three women in distress, initially locating one woman. After bringing that woman onto the police boat, the officers located two other woman who had drifted away on their paddleboards.

The three women were not injured, and were brought ashore by the cops.

Feature photo: 2021 photo of Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers (Facebook).