Drill Turns Real For Ocean Rescue

Michael Forst was named the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue’s Member of the Year for 2018 at the organization’s annual dinner at the Harvest in Montauk in December. Independent/Helene Forst

What started out as a routine December winter victim-in-distress Jet Ski training in Block Island Sound turned into a real-life save for members of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue.

Volunteers were training on December 16 when they were pressed into service to rescue a kite surfer who was being swept away in the 48-degree, white-capped waters west of the Montauk Harbor inlet.

Despite a gale warning, rain, three-foot swells, and winds of 30 mph, volunteers were able to rescue the victim and retrieve his rig.

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