This past Saturday, July 18, several individuals who had been swimming in Peconic Bay were rescued by Southampton Town Bay Constables.
Constables had been notified that swimmers were in distress around buoy 22 in the bay around 10:10 a.m. and went out to assist them. Bay Constable Mark Ruocco arrived on the scene aboard Marine Unit 5 and located two swimmers. The 22-year-olds had climbed on top of the buoy and out of the water. The Southold Town Bay Constables Marine Unit and Captain Garrett Moore, who had been operating a boat from Sea Tow Eastern, helped in the recovery of the stranded swimmers.
At the moment the two swimmers were procured safely onboard, they informed the constable that three others were still missing. Southampton Town Bay Constables, with the assistance of the Southold Town Bay Constables, USCG and Suffolk County Police Aviation, made a sweep of the area in searching for the remaining three.
Not long after the search commenced, Mark and Lisa Bischoff of Smithtown, who were out on their own boat named Lisa Ann, had spotted the three unaccounted for swimmers west of Robins Island. The swimmers, ages 22, 19 and 21, were all safely rescued despite the disagreeable water conditions at the time of the recovery.
All five were dropped off at Towd Point Dock. One was taken to Southampton Hospital to be treated for lacerations on the leg.