SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two fishermen from Springfield were rescued from Long Island Sound after their boat had mechanical problems and capsized Tuesday afternoon.
According to the East Lyme Police Department, at around 4:37 p.m. a 911 call came in from two people aboard a boat that was taking on water in an area thought to be off Millstone Point, in Niantic Bay. The boat ended up capsizing and they were able to climb on top of the vessel while awaiting help.
When the pair had trouble giving responders their location, dispatch decided to make a FaceTime call to get a visual of their surroundings. The FaceTime call allowed responders to pinpoint their location and were able to rescue the individuals.
“….and maybe we can see what they’re seeing and potentially pick out some landmarks and be better able to direct the rescue efforts coming from all the different units that where one the water,” said Lt. Michael Macek.
Macek’s body camera captured video of the dramatic rescue. When they arrived one man had fallen into the water and was seriously shivering. When asked to describe the men’s reaction when the rescue boat neared…
“They were, I guess elated would be the word to use, huge smiles on their faces. As you can see I was getting ready to toss them a line to pull our boat a little bit closer to them, they didn’t want any part of that, they tried jumping right on to our boat,” said Lt. Macek.
Full bodycam footage from rescue:
MAP: Long Island Sound
They were found approximately ¼ mile from the New York border in Long Island Sound off Black Point, in 70 to 100-foot water depth.
Marine Units from the Niantic Fire, East Lyme Police, Goshen Fire, and U.S. Coast Guard, along with East Lyme and Waterford ambulances assisted in the rescue.
22News reached out to one of the fisherman from Springfield who was rescued but he declined to comment.