Nassau marine officers on Monday rescued two swimmers who had become exhausted while trying to stay afloat and a 9-foot boat that was in distress because of engine trouble in Sloop Channel in Wantagh, police said.
The swimmers, who came to the location from a 33-foot boat about a quarter-mile away, were pulled out of the water at about 2:20 p.m. and had no injuries other than fatigue from swimming against the tide, police said. Both declined medical attention, police said.
Officers aboard Marine Bureau 6 encountered the 9-foot vessel Zodiac in apparent distress and drifting in a swift current due to engine trouble, and the two swimmers who were trying to help the vessel and its operator, near Marker 8 in Wantagh.
Officers pulled the swimmers and operator of the Zodiac aboard the police boat and towed the damaged boat to safety.