NORTHPORT, N.Y.– Three children in a canoe were rescued by officers after they were stranded more than a mile away from shore on Long Island Monday evening, police say.
Suffolk County police say 12-year-old Davin Miles, his brother 10-year-old Kenyon Miles and their friend 12-year-old Chris Gurr left from Crab Meadow Beach in Northport to go fishing early Monday evening. However, police say, as they paddled out and away from the protection of the shoreline, the wind increased and blew them about one and half miles offshore.
Marine Bureau officers Michael O’Leary and Charles Marchiselli were on routine patrol in the Long Island Sound when they spotted the stranded children. The officers determined the children, who were all wearing flotation devices, were unable to paddle back to shore against the 15 to 20 miles per hour wind and two-foot waves and brought them and their canoe aboard the police boat.
The children, who were uninjured, were returned to their waiting parents on Crab Meadow Beach, police say.
Marine Bureau reminds boaters to always wearing personal flotation device, keep a careful watch on the weather forecaster and beware of offshore winds, which can blow small paddle craft and inflatable boats offshore quickly.