Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton recently honored the Glen Cove Harbor Patrol for going above and beyond in keeping the public safe in Glen Cove waters.
A recent example of how a situation can become life or death very quickly on the water happened off Pryibil Beach. On regular patrol, officers Montesano and Biundo and Lt. Dominguez spotted a swimmer in trouble. A woman was swimming off a boat and had been caught in a strong current and was struggling, according to the officers. A friend had jumped in to help her and was also in trouble. The patrol threw out a lifeline and was able to bring them both on board the patrol boat, check that they were okay and return them to their boat.
The Glen Cove Harbor Patrol has many duties: they assist boaters, enforce marine ordinance, ensure public safety, conduct safety inspections and rescue operations. They assist and collaborate with the Nassau County Police Marine Bureau, the Town of North Hempstead, Rye and Larchmont Harbor Patrols. The patrol covers six miles of shore line and 32 square miles of water, including all of Hempstead Harbor and the Long Island Sound from Execution Lighthouse to Peacock Point.