Police Rescue 2 Kayakers Found Struggling In Jamaica Bay

May 27, 2018 - 11:45 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Police rescued two kayakers who were found struggling in the water in Jamaica Bay this weekend.

Around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, police were called for a report of two people who had fallen off their kayaks in the bay.

NYPD Aviation Unit 18 responded and found one man in the water, seemingly struggling while holding onto two kayaks, police said.

Air/Sea Rescue Helicopter 22 was also called to the scene, and deployed two NYPD scuba divers into the water to retrieve the man, police said.

Kayakers Rescued By NYPD

The man told officers that his friend’s kayak had tipped over 15 minutes before officers arrived and pointed in the direction where his friend was last seen, police said.

One of the officers lifted the man into the police helicopter with a rescue basket, and divers returned to the water to find the man’s friend, police said. The second man was found in the water, and was also brought into the helicopter using as rescue basket, police said.

The victims were taken to Floyd Bennett Field, where they were assessed by emergency medical technicians and refused medical attention, police said.