2009-11-20 / Top Stories

Cops Pull Man From Overturned Boat

By Howard Schwach

Dell'Arena (in black sweatshirt) is taken from the police launch that brought him to the Riis Landing Coast Guard Station. Dell'Arena (in black sweatshirt) is taken from the police launch that brought him to the Riis Landing Coast Guard Station. Two NYPD cops from the aviation unit saved the life of a man whose boat overturned in the choppy waters off Rockaway on Sunday.

Sources say that Joseph Dell'Arena was fishing offshore at about 11:45 a.m. on November 15 when his 26-foot boat was capsized by 12-foot waves. He managed to climb onto the overturned vessel.

NYPD harbor and aviation units, responding to a call of a boat in trouble two miles south of the Rockaway Jetty, found Dell'Arena clinging to the capsized boat. They lowered a floatation device from the helicopter and then assisted the man from his boat to a private vessel that was standing by and then to a police launch.

He was brought to the Riis Landing Coast Guard Station, where he was loaded onto an ambulance and transported to Coney Island Hospital, where he was reportedly treated for minor lacerations to his leg and released.

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