Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.
An unconscious 12-year-old girl with neck and back injuries was rescued from a pleasure craft in West Shinnecock Bay on Saturday, June 26.
The girl had reportedly received her injuries after the 38-foot boat ran aground in West Shinnecock Bay. A watchstander from the Coast Guard Station Shinnecock received the notification and a rescue boat crew from the station and Suffolk County emergency medical services and Southampton Town Bay Constables responded to the call.
“We arrived on scene with a Bay Constable EMT and paramedic who went aboard the vessel and assessed the girl’s condition,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Alfred Diaz in a statement released on Saturday evening.
Petty Officer Diaz was the boat driver and officer of the day on Saturday. “She gained consciousness and was able to respond to EMS, helping them determine that she had a high probability of a neck and back injury,” he said.
For this reason, the girl was placed on a backboard and transported to the Coast Guard response boat.
“We made the determination to use our boat to transport the girl back to the station since it was a smoother platform, and it was easier for the crews to maneuver her onto because she was secured onto a backboard,” said Diaz.
From the station, the girl and her mother were airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital.
“EMS went right to work assisting the girl and making sure our crew was prepared to receive the injured girl and her mother,” Mr. Diaz said.
According to a press release, the vessel was refloated and returned to its port in Penny Pond.