Coast Guard Assists Stranded Boater off Bellport, NY
December 18, 2014
Coast Guard crews have rescued a boater in distress near Bellport, New York, who was reported missing for nearly 12 hours.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center received a call from a 911 dispatcher, stating that the boater’s wife was concerned when her husband departed at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday and intended to be back at dusk, but hadn’t returned.
The missing boater was located by a Suffolk County helicopter. Coast Guard Station Fire Island launched a rescue boat and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod (ASCC) sent a helicopter to the scene. Station Fire Island was able to deploy a radio to the subject to keep a line of communication open.
Derek Schleede, 53, a Brookhaven, N.Y., native, went out on his 23’ center console in the vicinity of Bellport, when his vessel became disabled and ran aground in 3” of water. He had a generator onboard to keep himself warm and intended to wait for the tide in order to drift toward the rescue assets.
Twenty minutes passed and the closest asset was still 400 yards away, so Schleede opted to be hoisted to safety. The subject secured his anchor and ASCC lifted the man from his vessel to safety.
Schleede was taken to the parking lot at Smith Point County Park in Shirley, where he was examined by an Emergency Medical Services team and did not require further treatment.