Five kayakers out in challenging conditions on the Peconic Bay were rescued Saturday when they ended up in the water, with two clinging to a buoy, Southampton police said.
Several vessels raced to help Raymond Hummel and Alex Choi, both 22, who were atop the buoy when Southampton Town Bay Constable Mark Ruocco responded to a 911 call, along with a Southold Town Bay constables marine unit and a Sea Tow boat operated by Capt. Garrett Moore, police said Monday.
The pair told rescuers there were still three swimmers missing, police said, and a search was launched by various towns, the Coast Guard and Suffolk County police by air.
A short time later, a private vessel spotted the swimmers west of Robins Island, police said, and Mark and Lisa Bischoff of Smithtown pulled in Nathan Reister, 22, John Morales, 19, and Ben Moritz, 21.
Hummel was taken to Southampton Hospital to be treated for cuts to his leg, police said. Details on how he got his injury were not immediately available Monday.
Two of the five swimmers had been in one kayak and three in the other when they ended up in the water before 10:10 a.m. Saturday, police said.
Details on what happened were not immediately available.