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Police rescue boaters stranded off Staten Island, including injured 68-year-old woman

STATEN ISLAND — Police rescued an injured, semi-conscious woman from a small island just off Staten Island after her boat lost power Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Three people were out on the Lower Bay when their 30-foot boat lost power, police said. The waves pushed the boat toward Hoffman Island.

One of the boat's passengers, a 20-year-old man, got out of the boat, officials said. When a second passenger, a 68-year-old woman, tried to follow him off the boat, she slipped. She was quickly pinned between the boat and the rocks.

The 20-year-old man pulled her out and laid her out on the rocks. A third passenger, an 81-year-old man, stayed on the boat and radioed for help, police said.

Two police helicopters and boats from police and fire departments went out to search for the boaters, officials said. Officers were unable to find the marooned boaters on the first sweep, but after five minutes of canvassing they moved toward Hoffman Island.

Police lowered two members of the scuba unit to the water. When they got to the 68-year-old woman, she was having trouble breathing, police said. She was transferred to a basket and pulled up into the helicopter. Police flew her to Staten Island University Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.

The two men were uninjured and were brought to shore on police boats.