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7/15/2020 - Huntington Harbormaster Rescues Woman on Long Island Sound in New Response Vessel Secured with $330,000 in FEMA Port Security Grant Funding

Halesite – Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci praised Town of Huntington Senior Harbormaster Fred Uvena, Senior Bay Constable Jeff Kropp, and Bay Constable/EMT and Maritime Services Director Dom Spada on their swift Long Island Sound water rescue on the morning of July 15 of an 18-year-old woman from Greenwich, Connecticut, in the Town’s new response vessel secured with FEMA Security Grant Funding.


Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci posted on social media:


“LONG ISLAND SOUND RESCUE: This morning at 8:23am, Senior Harbormaster Fred Uvena, Senior Bay Constable Jeff Kropp, and Bay Constable/EMT and Maritime Services Director Dom Spada responded to an emergency with a distressed female experiencing a seizure on sail boat in the Long Island Sound approximately 2 miles north of buoy 15. In the Harbormaster’s new response vessel, with the assistance of the James Joseph Fishing vessel, the Harbormaster’s crew was able to administer aid and transport the female to PICKUP POINT 5 at the The Head of the Bay Club where the Halesite Fire Department transported the patient to Huntington Hospital. Great job by all!”


The Town’s new rescue vessel, secured with 75% grant funding, made it to the scene 15 minutes prior to the arrival of other boats responding to the emergency.


“It’s that fast and its arrival before this boating season proved essential. We’ve seen more people out on the water than usual this year,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci. “This has resulted in more rescue calls, especially for kayakers and small boats, with our Harbormaster’s Office averaging one rescue a day early in the season. Boaters should call the Harbormaster’s Office on VHS Channel 16 for emergencies on the water.”



This winter, the Department of Maritime Services took delivery a new state-of-the-art 34-foot North River Liberty patrol boat, 75% of which was paid for by $330,000 in FEMA Port Security Grant funding secured by Director Spada. The new response vessel, which has proved very useful on several occasions this season, adds new features to the Harbormaster’s fleet with thermal imaging to detect body heat, a side scanner to give rescue personnel a wider range of visibility for searching underwater lands for rescues, a radiation meter, a lift to recover injured boaters and passengers from the water, and a generator for better lighting on rescue scenes.


In March 2020, Maritime Services also took delivery of a a new 26-foot Sound Marine pump out boat, built locally on Long Island with over 60% of the cost covered by a NYS Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP) Grant, which includes a 325-gallon holding tank to pump boats out and keep our water clean.



In the photo (l-r, post-rescue) Town of Huntington Senior Harbormaster Fred Uvena, Maritime Services Director Dom Spada, and Senior Bay Constable Jeff Kropp. Photos of new response vessel.