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Two more water rescue calls in Kings Park

Posted 7/19/2019

2144 hours. Kings Park Fire Department is called to respond with Suffolk Police, the Coast Guard and Bay Constables from the Town of Smithtown, to search for two subjects on paddle boards that were in distress off Sunken Meadow State Park. Mutual aid was requested for divers from the Nesconset and St. James Fire Departments. Shortly thereafter, a second report went out for two kayakers in distress approximately 400 yards off Long Beach.  It was later determined that these calls were related.

As per SCPD Press Release:

Noreen McLoughlin, 54, and her daughter Dana, 19, departed from Sunken Meadow Beach to kayak on the Long Island Sound on July 19 at approximately 8 p.m. Once offshore and after darkness fell, they found the wind was too strong and they were having difficulty paddling their 13-foot kayak back to shore.
 
Noreen’s husband Joseph McLoughlin, 47, of Levittown had remained on shore and called 911. The Suffolk County Police Department dispatched two rescue boats and a helicopter to search for his wife and daughter. The New York State Park Police, Smithtown Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard also responded.
 
Police Officers Christopher DeFeo and Anthony Chin aboard Marine Delta arrived in the search area and noticed the light of a cell phone in the distance, which led them to the kayak. Officers brought the two women aboard the police boat and transported them safely to shore at the Kings Park Boat Ramp on the Nissequogue River where they were reunited with Joseph McLoughlin. Both were wearing life jackets, and neither required medical attention.

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