Letter: Water rescue capability lags

The Kandi Won, which capsized and sank on

The Kandi Won, which capsized and sank on July 4th, is lifted out of the water at the Oyster Bay Marine Center. The accident killed three children. (July 11, 2012) (Credit: James Carbone)

For more than 138 years, bay constables have provided law enforcement, first response and education on the water ["DA on boat that sank," News, July 3].

Even after last year's July 4 boating tragedy, the Town of Oyster Bay lags behind other towns such as Huntington, North Hempstead and Hempstead.

Unlike these towns, which have increased their patrols, the Nassau County Marine Bureau, the Coast Guard and the Town of Oyster Bay have been cutting back. Just last week, there were 10 spots available for water safety officers in the first Rapid Diver System Training Program provided free by the Bay Constables Benevolent Association for the Town of Oyster Bay, and only four were used.

Also, there needs to be more cooperation and organization among agencies. We should reactivate the Starcom Task Force, an effort among Nassau and Suffolk county police, the Coast Guard, the FBI, the Secret Service, U.S. Customs and bay constables. This task force, previously headed by Denis Monette, was unfortunately not continued under the Mangano administration.

In my case, there were so many people who desperately wanted to help when the Kandi Won capsized but couldn't because of lack of communication, equipment and training. The Bay Constable Benevolent Association is providing officer training and rescue equipment, and I am working with this organization to raise money for rapid diver units, which provide underwater air sources for rescuers and victims.

I don't want anyone else to endure the loss my family and I have.

Joy Treanor, Westbury

Editor's note: The writer is the mother of 11-year-old Harlie Treanor, who died in a boating accident on Oyster Bay last year.

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