The sun setting over Montauk’s western jetty. Photo by Tessa Raebeck.
A rescue boat from the Coast Guard Station Montauk responded to a report of a disabled vessel near the Montauk jetties on Monday, July 14.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound reported that two people aboard a 21-foot boat had lost electrical power. The man and his stepson aboard the vessel had no radio on the boat; their only means of communication was a cell phone with a dying battery.
A rescue boat was launched in case the phone died and communication was lost, and also because of reduced visibility and severe weather forecasts.
“The owner was flying two distress flags making it easier for our boatcrew to locate them, which greatly reduced our search time especially since we were losing daylight and they had no electrical power,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Foster in a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard. Both men were wearing life jackets when the boatcrew arrived.
The Coast Guard towed the boat to the boat ramp on West Lake Drive.
Petty Officer Foster added that a cell phone is not the ideal means of communication out at sea and said “Ideally the Coast Guard recommends having either a handheld or fixed marine band radio in case of emergency.”