Islip Fire Department

Dive Team Responds to Great South Bay Boat Crash


Saturday, June 23, 2012 At approximately 5am on Friday June 23rd 2012 the West Islip Fire Department was notified for a possible boating accident in the Great South Bay at the Robert Moses Double Span Bridge. Automatic mutual aid was immediatly requested from the Bay Shore, and Islip Fire Departments. Reports were coming in of a two boat accident with multiple injuries and a possible occupant missing.

Fire Boat 3-4-26 immediatly responded with 2 divers. West Islips Fire Boat was the first to arrive confirming a two boat crash with one boat capsized and multiple aided. West Islips vessel transported the injured victims to the West Islip marina while Islips boat deployed the first divers into the water.

Islips crew started by sending a diver into the overturned vessel to conduct a primary search for the missing subject. The search of the boat proved negative and the diver was then returned to the boat.

The Islip FD dive team, as well as water rescue teams from West Islip, Bay Shore, Lindenhurst, Babylon, East Islip, United States Coast Guard and the Suffolk Police conducted multiple searches of the area around the crash for over 3 hours. After no results West Islip command relinquished the scene to the Suffolk County Police for a recovery operation.

The victim, a 39 year old male, was found deceased by Suffolk Police at 1:30 pm. Suffolk County Police Third Squad detectives with the assistance from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the crash. Anyone with information is asked to call the Third Squad at 631-854-8352 or Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

(Photos By Jeremy Isaacs) JG