Two people were killed yesterday after their boat capsized in Jamaica Bay during last night's storm.

According to authorities, the 14-foot boat, which had five passengers, tipped over just before 8 p.m. near Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. Two of the people were able to swim ashore; they flagged down a member of the NYPD Aviation Unit, which is located there, and FDNY & NYPD rescuers responded within minutes.

You can see raw footage of the boat in the choppy waters, via NBC.


They pulled the three other passengers out of the water. Two men were taken to Beth Israel Hospital in critical condition, where they died. The other three were taken to Coney Island Hospital with minor injuries.

Police haven't released the names of the 50 and 42-year-old men who died, but the daughter of one identified him as Joel Ortiz to the Post. "He was a great person, a great father. He was there whenever anyone needed him," she told the tabloid. "He was always there to help. I just can’t believe this."

CBS notes that this was not a commercial vessel, and "most likely a fishing boat." The Post adds that the winds were blowing at about 20 mph, with gusts in the mid-30s, when the boat flipped over.