|Fatal boating accident 30 years ago today|
|By George Collins|
|May 25, 2021|
On Saturday, May 25, 1991 at approximately 12 noon, the dive team of the Lindenhurst Fire Department was toned out for a water rescue call: man overboard.
Steve Smaldon located the victim face down in the water, and signaled to the SCPD Helicopter-3 overhead, who relayed the victims location to SCPD vessel Marine Echo-1 nearby. Steve Smaldon entered the choppy water, as FD vessel 1-6-19 arrived on the scene. Doug Negretti, wearing a dive suit, also entered the water as Guy Cassara transferred lifesaving equipment to Marine Echo-1.
The victim was removed from the water onto the deck of Marine Echo-1. Members of the Lindenhurst Fire Department began rendering first aid thus enabling the police officers to navigate the vessel to the Lindenhurst dock for transport via helicopter to the Nassau County Medical Center.
Written Statements from SCPD officers Artie Sirico and James Reilly said: