Two Rescued Off Cornfield Point in Old Saybrook After Two Hours in Water

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Two people were rescued after being reported missing from a boat off the coast of Old Saybrook Sunday night.

Multiple departments responded around 8 p.m. for a report of two people who went missing off a boat in the area of Cornfield Point, according to the Old Saybrook Fire Department Facebook page.

A woman on a motor vessel with 10 people aboard decided to take a swim in Long Island Sound when the current overtook her and she cried out for help. The captain of the boat, which was anchored in the Sound at the time after leaving from an Old Saybrook marina, jumped in after her with two life jackets. The captain got a life jacket to the woman and put one on himself, but they couldn't get back to the boat because the current was too fast.

An "intense marine search and rescue" ensued, according to the Old Saybrook Police Department. Ten water rescue vessels responded, as well as two helicopters to search from an aerial view.

U.S. Coast Guard and Connecticut State Police helicopters were requested to assist with the search. Around 10 p.m. the Goshen Fire Boat pulled both people from the water after they had been there for two hours and reunited them with their boating group. They are safe and were returned to shore.

All passengers on the boat, including the two who were rescued from the water, refused medical treatment.

There is no criminal investigation being conducted.

Old Saybrook fire and EMS, Westbrook fire, Old Lyme fire, Clinton fire, East Lyme Fire and Waterford fire all responded. The Old Saybrook Police Department thanked all public safety agencies that responded to help rescue the boaters.

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