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Fairfield Firefighters Rescue Three from Penfield Reef

Three teens were stranded on the reef due to rising tides, according to a press release from Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy.

Fairfield fire personnel rescued three teens stranded on Penfield Reef Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Tracy. The teens were unable to swim to shore from the reef due to rising tides.

Three 18-year-olds -- James Scarmuzzino and Griffin Goblirsh of Bethany and Sam Moore of Orange -- were rescued by the fire department’s Marine 7 vessel after the police department’s boat was unable to reach the teens due to shallow waters, according to the release. A Good Samaritan had reported the stranded teens to the town’s Emergency Communications Center.

The three young men had “walked out the reef to take a swim at the lighthouse but decided it was too much for them, and when the turned to return realized they’d been cut off from the jetty due to the rising tide,” according to Lt. Roger Caisse, who piloted Marine 7.

Before being brought to shore, the young men were evaluated for medical issues but no injuries were reported, according to the release. They were brought back to shore and released.

“The Fire Department would like to remind everyone to use caution and observe all posted warnings when swimming or boating in unfamiliar waters,” said Incident Commander Scott Bisson, Assistant Chief with the Fairfield Fire Department. “Tides, storms and weather constantly change the height of the sand bars and reefs around Long Island Sound, and may make an area that was previously safe different than expected.”

fairfieldtruth May 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I'm glad Asst. Chief Tracy mentioned that the Fairfield Police were on the scene waiting for the Fire Dept. to launch their boat to pick up the teens.
mark May 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
fairfieldtruth whats your point
K. Neptune May 30, 2012 at 02:42 PM
fairfieldtruth,Whats your point? Fairfield Police were issued a grant from the Feds to purchase a beautiful high tec anti-terrorist boat with our Federal tax dollars. But the boat can not navigate shallow waters around Penfield reef. For that matter none of the very capable Fairfield police boats or their very experienced pilots can. Fairfield Police officers patrol the waters off Fairfield daily, they know the limitations of their vessels. So it falls to the Fairfield Fire department and the little rubber boat they have to do this risky and skilled manuvering into the shallows. If anything fairfieldtruth you should be complimenting the two departments on a superb and coordidnated effort. Thank you Fairfield Police and Firefighters for your continued hard work.
secret agentman May 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Job well done by all
maryHelen Melnick June 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I was glad the teens were rescued and brought to shore safe.I think some type of warnng sign should be posted at the beach warnng of the reef and not trying to swim out to the lighthouse. this is not the first time this type of situation has happened.

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