Five boaters got very lucky yesterday when their boat capsized in Jamaica Bay: They happened to be right near the NYPD's Aviation Unit at Floyd Bennett Field. NYPD chopper pilot Michael Hendrix told the Post, "I was in the middle of eating my birthday cake when I looked up and saw a boat listing. I said, 'That doesn't look right.' Shortly after, it started disappearing into the horizon. I grabbed my binoculars and saw it was sinking." That's quite a birthday. A helicopter and dive team saved two couples and the boat's owner from the water. The boaters had been fishing, when their boat suddenly took own water and the motor failed. None of the passengers were wearing life vests, so they were lucky it was Hendrix's birthday.
In other boat rescue news, the NYPD - along with the FDNY and Coast Guard - responded to a boat fire on the Hudson last night. The nine passenger were rescued.