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Greenwich Police Marine Officers Rescue 5 People Off Sinking Boat

Greenwich police came to the aid of five people in a sinking boat on Long Island Sound off Rye Playland.
Greenwich police came to the aid of five people in a sinking boat on Long Island Sound off Rye Playland. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department
A boat sinks in Long Island Sound off the coast of Rye Playland.
A boat sinks in Long Island Sound off the coast of Rye Playland. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department
No one was injured when this boat sank in less than five minutes, according to Greenwich police.
No one was injured when this boat sank in less than five minutes, according to Greenwich police. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department
The boat sank completely after all five people on board were safely rescued by Greenwich police marine officers.
The boat sank completely after all five people on board were safely rescued by Greenwich police marine officers. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department

GREENWICH, Conn. — Greenwich Police Marine officers came to the rescue of a sinking recreational boat with five people on board on Sunday afternoon, according to a Facebook post.

The boat was taking on water off Rye Playland when Greenwich Police Marine officers heard the call on VHF radio Channel 16 used for emergencies on the water, police said in the post.

Greenwich Police Department Marine Technician Fox, Greenwich Police Department Marine Sgt. O'Connor, Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police Officer Nivolo and GEMS Medic Colin Basset all participated in the rescue, police said.

The boat went down in just five minutes after the rescue of the people onboard, police said.

"Thankfully they had a radio and flotation device for all AND Marine Officers ready to respond and on-duty," police said.

No one was injured, and they suffered only property damage, police said.

"Might not have been the best day on the water but when you get to walk away, well, It could have been worse," police said in the Facebook post.

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