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Fairfield Police Make Two Rescues On Long Island Sound In One Hour

The Fairfield Marine boat rescued seven people Sunday morning who were stuck in Long Island Sound during heavy winds.
The Fairfield Marine boat rescued seven people Sunday morning who were stuck in Long Island Sound during heavy winds. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, file photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Seven people were rescued from the waters of Long Island Sound after the Fairfield Police Department's Marine Unit responded to two calls for aid in just under an hour on Sunday morning, police said.

The marine unit was first called out to a half-mile off Penfield Beach, where four children were stuck on their paddle boards and kayaks, police said. The children included two 12-year-old boys, a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl from New York City, police said.

Police received several calls reporting that the children seemed to be in distress in the water, according to the report. When officers arrived, the three boys were together and yelling for help and the girl had floated some ways away, police said.

All four children were taken rescued and taken on board the police boat, the report said. They were taken to the Fairfield fuel dock and then to Bridgeport Hospital to be treated for mild hypothermia, police said.

Immediately after, the Marine Unit was called back out on Long Island to rescue a father and his two children who became stranded after the father lost control of his 12-foot Catalina Expedition because of the strong winds, police said.

When the officers arrived, a nearby boat had taken the 5- and 7-year-old children from the sailboat, police said. The father and the children were then moved onto the police boat and taken back to the fuel dock, where they refused medical attention.

The Catalina was towed back to the Bridgeport Marina, police said.

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