By Mitch Schlimer
On Sunday, Sept. 9, Glen Cove’s first responders and other surrounding community responders worked together to save the lives of 24 fishermen from Queens by getting them all safely off the jetty at Morgan Memorial Park in Glen Cove just before noon.
According to the Nassau County Police Department, the Marine Bureau received a call for multiple people stranded on the Glen Cove breakwater jetty. While fishing on the jetty, the tide rose and the people fishing were unable to safely get back to shore.
Launch manager Thomas Dillon from the Glen Cove Yacht Club noticed what was going on—the incoming tide was taking over the fishermen on the jetty. As they had never fished there before, they were not prepared for this circumstance.
Dillon immediately took action by taking his launch boat and retrieving the first two fishermen from Hempstead Harbor, and at the same time called in for additional help to rescue the other 22 fishermen.
Nassau County Marine 2, Fire Department of New York Marine 4, Glen Cove Police Department Marine Boat 254, Glen Cove Fire Department and EMS were able to transport all 24 stranded people safely to the Glen Cove Yacht Club. No injuries were reported.
“This was a great team effort by everyone which could have saved some lives,” said Mayor Tim Tenke.