Multiple fire and police departments teamed up with lifeguards at a local beach club in a dramatic rescue of two distressed jet skiers Memorial Day afternoon, confirmed Atlantic Beach Rescue officials.
At about 2:45 p.m., an unidentified boater fell from a jet ski just off the jetty of Sun and Surf Beach Club, officials said. Bystanders on land noticed the situation as a second man, who was also riding the jet ski, tried unsuccessfully to retrieve his friend.
Sun and Surf lifeguards rushed to the scene and began a water rescue as witnesses placed a 911 call, which summoned several nearby emergency crews. Teams from Atlantic Beach Rescue, Nassau County Police, Inwood Fire Department, Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department, and Long Beach Fire Department responded to the incident.
Atlantic Beach Rescue's Marine 3628, a 28-foot rescue boat, quickly removed the two victims from the water and brought them to their headquarters. The victims were then transported to St. John's Hospital in Far Rockaway by Atlantic Beach Rescue and Lawrence-Cedarhurst fire crews.
Ambulances from Inwood and Long Beach fire departments were also on scene to provide support.
NYPD also deployed a helicopter as backup in case a rescue of additional swimmers was needed.
“This was a great example of a number of south-shore agencies working together to make a rescue,“ said Atlantic Beach Rescue Chief of Department Neil Metz.
“People need to remember that even though it’s Memorial Day, the water is still very cold out there. It’s important that people wear the proper safety equipment, including a wetsuit and personal floatation device, before venturing out on the water.”