By Claire Walla
When they set out in their kayaks in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 29, the weather wasn’t exactly perfect. But, it certainly wasn’t as bad as it eventually became.
October 29 marked the day of that freak fall snowstorm, which blanketed much of New York and Connecticut with snow. While the East End was relatively spared from snow, the storm did bring lots of rain and managed to stir up some dicey conditions.
It was around 7 a.m. when Sag Harbor residents Mike and Joe Tremblay and their friend John Larmor of Hampton Bays found themselves in choppy waters off Haven’s Beach in Sag Harbor Bay.
“When a Nor’easter blows in, you can check your iPhone all day [for weather conditions], but it can be unpredictable,” Larmor said in an interview.
High winds had blown thick cloud cover over the water, making it difficult to navigate. According to Larmor, the boaters were somewhere in the middle of the bay when conditions really turned and the double kayak shared by Larmor’s friends was suddenly inundated by water and beginning to sink.
That’s when they called police.
Sag Harbor Village Police officers, along with Harbor Master Bob Bori, got into a rescue craft and headed out to the kayakers.
“They got there pretty quickly,” Larmor said. “At first they couldn’t really see us [because of the fog],” he continued, but after trying to steer police in the right direction via cell phone, Larmor said everyone was located and brought back to the Long Wharf transient dock within roughly 15 minutes.
Though ambulance crews greeted the trio on shore, Larmor said it was just procedural: no one had sustained any serious injury.
“Anyone in a small craft in cold water has to be careful,” Larmor added. “It can be very unpredictable out there. In the course of just a few hours conditions can totally shift, and you can be totally unprepared for [what the weather might bring].”