2007-08-10 / Community

FDNY Rescue After Fumes Fell Young Boaters

By Howard Schwach

Police officers speak with unidentified male boater who was aboard when fumes felled a number of children. Police officers speak with unidentified male boater who was aboard when fumes felled a number of children. Nine people on a pleasure boat near the Marine Parkway Bridge had to be rescued on Saturday, after the engine spewed out enough carbon monoxide to cause two children to become unconscious and the majority of the others to become sick.

Fire officials say that the Staten Island boaters, a man, woman and seven children who were all related but not all siblings, were anchored in Jamaica Bay on the "Lady V," a 35-foot cabin cruiser, when, shortly before 3 p.m., a child who had been playing in the below-decks cabin told the adults that two of the others had lost consciousness.

One of the adults made an emergency radio call, but mistakenly reported that the boat was under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Soon after, however, the mistake was corrected by a second call that brought the fire department's Marine Three Unit, stationed at the former Coast Guard station in Fort Tilden, to the scene, just west of the Marine Parkway Bridge.

Firefighters Glen Johnson and Brian McCarrick at Fort Tilden after the rescue. Firefighters Glen Johnson and Brian McCarrick at Fort Tilden after the rescue. When firefighters Glen Johnson and Brian McCarrick reached the vessel, they found a boy and a girl who had just recovered consciousness, but two young boys remained out cold.

They administered oxygen to the pair.

"It was a good thing we were so close," said Johnson at a hastily called news conference. "In a few more minutes, it could have been fatal. We were in the right place at the right time."

The children were brought to Fort Tilden, where they were transferred to ambulances for the ride to area hospitals.

Two children were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx; two were taken to Peninsula Hospital Center; three to Coney Island Hospital.

All were treated and released, according to hospital sources.

The children's ages ranged from 6 to 11, fire officials said.

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