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Jun 1, 2016 11:38 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

UPDATE: Toddler Revived By Emergency Personnel In Near-Drowning In Montauk Wednesday

A child was rescued after falling from a boat near the Lake Club in Montauk lat week. KYRIL BROMLEY KYRIL BROMLEY
Jun 6, 2016 9:16 AM

UPDATE: Wednesday, 2:20 p.m.

Police confirmed that the 2-year-old boy who was pulled from the water slipped off the deck of a boat docked at the Lake Club in Montauk.

UPDATE: Wednesday, 2 p.m.

A boy who was pulled from the water at the Lake Club in Montauk on Wednesday morning was said to be responsive and alert, authorities said.

Montauk Fire Chief Joe Lenahan said he was the first person to arrive at the scene where he found a child, who appeared to be about 2-years-old, lying on the dock struggling to breathe.

Chief Lenahan said a gentleman who owned a boat at the Lake Club was with the boy, along with a crowd including the boy's mother, and told him that he fell in the water and may have been in there for as long as 15 minutes.

Relying on his training, Chief Lenahan turned the boy on his stomach to and ran with him in his arms to meet paramedics who arrived a short while later to transport him to East Hampton Airport, where he was medevaced to Stony Brook University Hospital, the proper procedure in event of a drowning.

Despite earlier reports, it is not clear how the boy ended up in the water and if he suffered any additional injuries.


A child who fell off a boat at the Lake Club in Montauk Wednesday morning had to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, according to East Hampton Town Police.

Police said the call came in at 11:13 a.m. and the child was being taken by ambulance to East Hampton Airport to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

Police could not offer details about the incident or condition of the child.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Why EH airport for medevac? Montauk airport is less than a mile away
By dobbsjerry (3), MONTAUK on Jun 1, 16 3:47 PM
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Good question. Perhaps because that airport is private property, and the Suffolk County Medevac does not have permission to land there?
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 4:48 PM
Unless it has changed in the past dozen years, there are various landing zones all over eastern Long Island, including Montauk, for this purpose, i.e. softball fields, golf courses, etc. I had a list at one time. Contrary to popular belief, you would not want to land on a beach, unless it was a last resort, due to the possibility of sand or other debris being sucked into intake of the turboshaft engine/s.
By BruceB (142), Sag Harbor on Jun 1, 16 5:58 PM
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Perhaps it's because the Town doesn't want helicopters ... anywhere ...in spite of and despite "permission". Nice try there to deflect "blame" on current dysfunctional EH Town government. Am pretty sure these "private property" owners, and many, many, many others, would give "permission" - if asked.
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Jun 3, 16 8:52 PM
In the water for up to 15 minutes?!? What in the world is wrong w some parents?
By ehresident57 (4), East Hampton on Jun 1, 16 7:07 PM
If need be,they can land in a field of roadway.
By taxpayer1 (72), Southampton on Jun 1, 16 7:54 PM
Was the child wearing a life jacket on the boat as is required by law? This reminds me of the child falling into a zoo enclosure - what parent allows this to happen to a child in the first place - to fall into the water - and in the second place have no safety measure ready - a life jacket - someone who knows how to swim - etc., appalling.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jun 3, 16 3:32 PM
I just can't understand this, with toddlers , they are so young, I'm beginning to think where is the common sense. People take care of animals more then parents. I give up!
By JDPD61@AOL.COM (10), HAMPTON BAYS NY on Jun 16, 16 1:56 PM
Is it some kind of requirement that every comment on 27east must second guess everyone's actions?
By Paramarine (28), Raleigh, NC on Jun 13, 16 8:58 PM