Thursday, December 25, 2014
UPDATE Two Weston men were rescued from a sailboat that capsized today in Long Island Sound near Sherwood Island State Park, Westport Police said.
According to Lt. David Farrell, those rescued were Jeffrey Oliver-Smith and Timothy Cataldo. Police did not disclose their ages.
He said they refused medical attention, even though both had been in the water, clinging to the 16-foot, 9-inch ODay Daysailer capsized hull, for about an hour and 20 minutes.
“They were initially seen off of Compo Beach around 1:50 p.m. with the boat turned over,” Farrell said. “A witness called us, so we went down with the dive team with an inflatable.
“But the current was moving pretty quick, and it wasn’t long before they were near Sherwood Island,” he added.
Farrell said the Westport Police Maritime Unit responded, deploying the Dive Team’s inflatable boat to reach the Cataldo and Oliver-Smith about one-quarter mile off Sherwood Island State Park’s beach. The Norwalk Marine Division also assisted in the rescue, he said.
According to Farrell, the men said they had been capsized for about an hour before the call for help came in.
“Someone called, and within 20 minutes, we were able to get to them,” he said.
Farrell was quick to credit Westport Dive Team officers, singling out Sgt. Robert Myer.
“When you have Bobby Myer working on it, you know it’s going to get done quick,” he said.
Winds were gusting more than 40 mph at the time and the air temperature was 52F while the water temperature was 44F, according to a local weather station.
Deputy Police Chief Foti Koskinas, who was on the scene, said the men were able to get on the hull to await rescue.
Farrell said the Westport Police Department and Marine Division would like to stress the importance of proper safety precautions when boating or operating a small vessel.
“Always have the proper gear on board and obey the small craft warnings when issued,” he said.
—James Lomuscio contributed reporting.
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