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7 rescued from waters off Sands Point after boat capsizes, police say

Seven people from the Bronx were rescued Sunday from the waters off Sands Point after their boat capsized, including a woman trapped under the overturned vessel, police said.   (Credit: NYPD)

Seven Bronx boaters were rescued from the waters off Sands Point on Sunday after their watercraft capsized, including a woman trapped under the overturned vessel, police said.

The boat flipped over at about 5:30 p.m., near Execution Rocks, located in the Long Island Sound between New Rochelle, City Island and Sands Point, police said.

Rescuers found six passengers in the water when they arrived and pulled them out, said the NYPD. Previously, Nassau police said there were six passengers total.

The unidentified woman was found in the front cabin of the watercraft in an air bubble that was about 2 feet large, the NYPD said in a news release issued Monday.

"When we arrived on scene, a man was screaming that his wife was underwater and never made it out when the other passengers escaped,” said the FDNY, one of multiple agencies that responded to the call for help.

The woman was “tangled in fishing gear,” according to the FDNY post on Instagram.

Two NYPD divers, Det. Brian Mullen and Officer James Roche, guided the woman through an opening in the deck, police said.

“Detective Mullen submerged her through the hatch/window where Police Officer Roche grabbed her legs and hands, subsequently swimming her to safety,” the NYPD said.

An FDNY vessel took the woman, who suffered from hypothermia, to a dock in Sands Point, then to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where she was in stable condition, police said.

The other passengers, who were not seriously injured, were also taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, for evaluation, police said.

The NYPD did not say what caused the boat to capsize and did not identify the passengers.

With Nicole Fuller


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