STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two adults and two children were rescued from their capsized kayaks off the Connecticut coast in a spot where a man drowned three weeks prior.
Civilian boaters rescued a group of people Monday night off Wallacks Point in Stamford after hearing a radio distress call, the Stamford Advocate reported Tuesday.
A resident on the point, between Cummings Beach and Cove Island Park, called 911 after seeing people in the water next to their capsized kayaks, Deputy Fire Chief Tom Gloersen said.
Joe Hoyt, 27, was on his way out of the channel when the distress call was picked up by one of his passengers, Joey Romaniello, 30, a volunteer firefighter.
Hoyt found the four people, including a 9-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, with life preservers on the east side of Wallacks Point.
“They were holding onto the kayaks to stay afloat,” said Hoyt, who works for Stamford in the Department of Public Works.
The individuals were brought back to Cove Island Marina where they were met by medics. Hoyt believes the children walked away with minor injuries.
It was a rough day to have been out in a kayak, Hoyt said.
The rescue comes just three weeks after officials found Oscar Castillo, 22, dead when the kayak he was in overturned. The Danbury resident was not wearing a life preserver at the time.