Long Beach fire department, Coast Guard come to aid of pleasure boat taking on water off Long Beach

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A mayday call led to the rescue of two boats from a 21-foot pleasure boat taking water in Reynolds Channel off Long Beach on Monday evening, a Long Beach fire official said.

A U.S. Coast Guard crew from Station Jones Beach then towed the boat ashore.

Long Beach Fire Commissioner Scott A. Kemins said the mayday call was received at 7:29 p.m. and the fire department's water rescue team responded with a jet ski. Rescuers found the two men aboard the craft, learned neither were "good swimmers" -- and got them into life jackets, Kemins said.

He said responders then had a boat come out, take the two men off the vessel and bring them ashore. The vessel was then secured, to be towed to shore by the Coast Guard, which said it towed the boat to the Magnolia Pier Marina.

The Coast Guard initially said the rescue occurred in the Atlantic Ocean and said it had rescued the boaters.

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Kemins said Town of Hempstead Bay constables also were involved in the operation.

The Coast Guard said the make and model of the vessel was unavailable, but Kemins described it as a 21-foot cuddy cabin with an inboard-outboard engine.

The Coast Guard said an investigation determined there were no violations and could not immediately explain the cause of the boat taking on water. Kemins said the boat operator told responders the boat was a new purchase -- and Kemins said responders determined a bilge drain plug was not in place, allowing water to enter when not in motion.


CORRECTION: The body of water of the rescue was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.

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