NY kayaker rescued by Norwalk Fire Department

Updated, 4:42 p.m.: More information.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:


Sunday October 8 at 11:38 this morning Norwalk combined dispatch received a call from the Coast Guard reporting a stranded person on Greens Ledge Lighthouse in our jurisdiction.

Norwalk fire department dispatched our Marine unit, we were able to locate the person along with assistance from a Suffolk County Marine unit.  Other Marine assets from local jurisdictions were en route to the area to assist if needed but returned to service once the victim was located.

Further information received indicated that this person may have been a kayaker missing since 5 PM yesterday out of Greenwich.  The victim will be transported to the shore and Norwalk EMS will transport to the hospital for possible signs of hypothermia.  Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were rainy 73° water temperatures approximately in the mid-60s.  No further information is available at this time.

The boater was a 56 year old male from Huntington NY.  He left on his kayak from Oyster Bay NY around 5pm on Saturday evening, he had told his roommate that he would return in a couple of hours.  The roommate discovered that he hadn’t return as of this morning and then reported him missing.
The kayak started taking on water and then drifted towards the Connecticut shore where he become stranded on Greens Ledge Lighthouse around midnight.  He was able to pull himself onto the lighthouse and spent the night until his rescue this morning.
The Suffolk County Police Department marine unit located the male and then with assistance from the Norwalk Fire Department brought him ashore so that he could receive medical treatment for hypothermia. The male was conscious and alert and was able to speak about what happened.




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Rick October 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

The cost to run the fire boat is what?

last year the two fire boats were used about 26 times on calls now is a good time to talk costs.

What are this years numbers of calls, this would also helpful so the taxpayers understand what the one free boat costs.

Mitch Adis October 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

You only worry about the cost when you’ve never needed the service. Imagine it’s your Family member. Would you ask how much it cost or what it’s worth?

Rem October 9, 2017 at 7:30 am

Usually distress at sea is the Coast Guard’s domain,but I suspect the man didn’t have a VHF radio (highly recommended for kayaking) and presumably sent the distress call by cell phone. If he had VHF he could have been rescued much sooner. Incredibly lucky guy to drift to a lighthouse within reach of a cellphone tower in unseasonably warm weather though.

Donna Smirniotopoulos October 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

Whatever the kayaker’s ambitions were, he began his journey late in the day and was incredibly fortunate that he was ultimately found safe.

In 2008 a three year old drowned in the Saugatuck River channel of LI Sound in Westport when the sailing school katamaran she was on capsized in a gust of wind. There was no two-way radio on the boat. A friend who was boating to work radioed in a mayday call. Later he told me that had this boat been equipped with a two way radio, the little girl’s death may have been avoided (nevermind the whys of an 18 year old instructor on a cat with three children 6 and under or where the life vests were).

Westport Marine Police answered the distress call. To Rick’s questions about how marine rescues are funded, that is something voters have a right to know. This incident demonstrates the need for marine rescue unit. But the questions of how many and at what cost are yet to be answered.

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