It seems obvious that one shouldn't try to kayak during Hurricane Irene, a storm which has already brought the MTA to a complete standstill without uprooting a single tree—heck, just boarding up your home can be dangerous in this weather. And yet, two people who completely ignored the warnings about Irene had to be rescued by emergency services this evening off of Great Kills, Staten Island. As a grumpy Mayor Bloomberg said tonight, "Clearly a reckless act that diverted badly needed NYPD resources."
The two adult males capsized off Mayberry Promenade earlier this evening. They were found by an NYPD Patrol Boat; they floated in the water wearing lifejackets for approximately 30 minutes before their rescue. As Bloomberg put it, "Why they were out there, in spite of the warnings, I don't know." During his evening update on Irene, Bloomberg used the two as examples of what NYers should not do during the storm.
And there is a moral to this story: after the men were safely brought to Great Kills Marina, they were issued summonses.