Two Men in Critical Condition After Canoe Overturns in Smithtown Bay

Photo Credit: Andrew Tetreault
Photo Credit: Andrew Tetreault

Two men are in critical, but stable condition at the hospital after their canoe overturned in Smithtown Bay Sunday afternoon, police said. 

Two good Samaritans who were on the upper ramp of the Kings Park Bluff, located at Old Dock Road, observed the canoe overturning and the men falling into the water around 3:30 p.m., police said.   

One of the samaritans ran down to the lower parking area and alerted Smithtown Public Safety Park Rangers Sergeant Joseph Cornetta, police said. 

Smithtown Public Safety Senior Bay Constable, Sergeant Nicholas Balducci and officer David Rosenberg, located one victim who was in the water north of the pavilion at Sunken Meadows State Park. The victim, a 22-year-old from Nesconset, had been in the water, which was approximately 48 degrees, for about 20 minutes, police said. 

Aviation Section Officers responded and located a backpack in the water approximately one mile northwest from where there first victim was found. Marine Bureau officers in Marine Bureau Delta then found the second victim, a 25-year-old from Hauppauge, near the backpack and the canoe.  He had been in the water approximately 45 minutes, police said. 

Both men–whose names were not released by police–were transported by King Park Fire Department Rescue to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, where they are being treated for hypothermia, cuts and abrasions.

Mels Ditties April 16, 2014 at 11:57 PM
FrankE....no hablo español....Tampoco quiero que
Frank Esposito April 18, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Sorry about the poor translation Lady L. But I'm trying my best to make these undocumented aliens feel at home.
Mark Schulam April 18, 2014 at 07:00 PM
What about the guy stuck in the mud later on up the river with the tide up to his neck.
bbaro April 25, 2014 at 06:58 AM
I can not believe the stupidity of the people even commenting on this . Really people. It could have happened to anyone white black Hispanic. Who knew the patch would a lallow this blatant form of racism.
Frank Esposito April 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM
bbaro you have no clue what is going on up on the north shore. This is an ongoing and growing problem. non-English first speakers are illegally launching boats on end of town roads to do what is often illegal fishing in overloaded boats with no safety equipment. It has nothing to do with "blatant form of racism" - although I could care less about it begin labeled as such if you don't get the dark humor (oooh I mean just humor). Please take your love for these "undocumented workers" down to your closest 7-Eleven and give them a kiss for me. Let them know I welcome them with open arms and love the diversity and all the good things they drag along with them home their home countries. ooooh ooooh Franks a racist!


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