Two Sets of Boaters Rescued from Jake’s Reef Over Weekend

Photo courtesy Ashley Noonan

Sailboat on Jake’s Reef. Photo courtesy Ashley Noonan

On Monday morning Greenwich Police Chief Heavey was on WGCH radio talking about safety issues in Town when he described two incidents over the weekend involving boats hitting the rocks at Jake’s Reef, which is at the south end of the Mianus River near Bluff Island.

The first, a sailboat was exiting the river on Friday with two people onboard when they became entangled with the rocks.

Then, on Sunday a power boat also ended up on Jake’s Reef.

Chief Heavey said marine officers Sean Fox and Joseph Turcsanyi plucked two people from the water after the boat flipped. The heavily damaged power boat, which had New York registration numbers, was to be removed by Sea Tow on Monday.

Greenwich Harbor Master Ian MacMillan said though Saturday was a beautiful day, it was windy, with an average of 20 knots and wind gusts to 35 knots mostly from the north, northwest.

Chief Heavey urged boaters not to rely on markers. “Be mindful,” he said. “Look at your charts and GPS. Not everything is marked.”

Heavey said while the power boat is headed to salvage, the sailboat was able to leave on its own power.

Still, he said they suffered embarrassment. “They had to sit there for 12 hours and wait for the tide to change.”

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