Yesterday afternoon, a 38-foot tugboat started sinking a few miles from Long Island. Luckily, two boats were in the area and they rescued the four people on board. One rescuer, Robert Fox, told NBC New York, "We got the call, we heard the boats were going down fast. And we just looked at each other and said, 'We gotta go.'"
According to NBC New York, "The rescuers found one boater clinging to the bow of the tugboat, bobbing in the rough waters. The men were all able to put on heat suits before jumping into the waters." Here's video:
The boat's crew called the Coast Guard at 3 p.m. about the problem and by 4:11 p.m., the boat sank about 3 miles from Atlantic Beach. Fox said, "It was pretty nasty. Six-foot seas coming over the bow. As soon as we got there, within five seconds, the boat went down."
The four boaters are recovering; one had complained of chest pains.