Hampton Bays (WALK) - A water rescue on the East End yesterday has prompted authorities to remind boaters to always wear a life vest on the open water, no matter how good a swimmer you might be.
Southampton Town Police report receiving several 911 calls around 8:30 AM Thursday morning reporting three people struggling in the waters of Tiana Bay in Hampton Bays. The three had been in a canoe that apparently capsized when one of them stood up. None of the victims had been wearing a life vest, according to police.
Southampton officers raced to the scene along with first responders from the U.S. Coast Guard, Hampton Bays Fire Department and elsewhere, but the victims had been rescued even before they arrived. Good Samaritans who saw what happened from on shore then launched their own boat, fished the three men out of the water and brought them ashore.
The victims have been identified as Christian Pacheco, 32, of Hampton Bays; Anthony Galves, 28 of Queens; and Wilber Saldana, 39, of Queens. All were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center but there were no life-threatening injuries.
The Good Samaritans have been identified as Mark O'Mara, Tom Miqueli and Walter Schultz, all residents of the Hampton Arms, according to Southampton police.
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