The marine unit received a call from a good samaritan on Channel 16 reporting that a man was stranded on Red Rock, police said. Greenwich marine officers responded to the call along with an officer from the State Environmental Conservation Police and a medic from GEMS — both of whom routinely patrol with Greenwich police's marine unit on weekends, police said.
When the officers and medic arrived at Red Rock, they observed a lone man standing on the rock in the water with a second man in a kayak floating next to him. Both men had been fishing when one of their kayaks capsized after it was swamped by a passing boat wake, police said.
The capsized kayaker swam to Red Rock. Although he was uninjured, he requested help, police said.
Since the water was too shallow to allow any rescue boats near the rocks, the second kayaker paddled his friend to the marine unit's boat, police said.
The rescued kayaker "was shaken up, but not injured," police said.
The marine unit gave him a lift to Grass Island, where he was reunited with friends. Police said boaters should take two lessons from the rescue:
"First, power boaters need to remember they share the water with other watercraft that operate differently," police said. "Second, when using non-powered watercraft boaters should still carry water proof emergency communication devices."
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