Sailboat, Abandoned Thursday Night, Found Washed Ashore in Mattituck

The 30-foot-long "Tricolore," which was abandoned last night in rough seas off Wading River, washed ashore this morning in Mattituck

A 30-foot-long sailboat that was by police and fire officials in rough seas has washed ashore in Mattituck over 15 miles away.

The Tricolore was photographed on the shore of Bailie Beach in Mattiuck Friday morning by Patch reader David Schultz.

Petty Officer Russell Wolfe of the U.S. Coast Guard said he did not know how the boat made it to Mattituck beach, but added that the owners of the vessel knew the Tricolore was ashore and would make accomodations with Southold Police to salvage the ship. Southold Police were unable to be reached for comment.

Three New York City men aboard the sailboat Thursday evening called for help at about 7:45 p.m. saying the ship was in distress, according to a police statement.

Suffolk County Police, the Wading River Fire Department and the Coast Guard responded to the sinking boat two miles off the Wading River coast near Wildwood State Park.

Following the rescue, four Wading River firefighters were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center as a precautionary measure to be evaluated for hypothermia, said Fire Chief Jim Evans. They were released last night and are "doing fine," he said.

The three men aboard the Tricolore, Jong Solano, 29, of Whitestone, Frederick Chandler, 28, of New York and Nicholas Condos, of New York, were rescued by the Suffolk County Marine Bureau and were taken to St. Charles Hospital for treatment of hypothermia and nausea, according to a statement from police. One man also suffered a non-life-threatening leg injury.

Amy September 17, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Because it is not the job of the Suffolk County police, The Wading River Fire Department, or the Coast Guards job to bring the boat into port. The owner of the vessel is responsible for his vessel. It is not as easy as you think to just bring a boat in dispress or rough waters into port. That is probably why there are companies that specialize and train in how to handle boats in distress and rough seas. This is very sad, however, this is why one has insurance.
Dennis Heller September 17, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Erin Schultz September 18, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Benja and joey: Nice informational exchange with those last two comments up until the name-calling and profanity. Feel free to try again. Thanks -- Erin.
joey whoever September 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM
benja did u read the story on newsday they were unable to secure the blow boat... ITaking the words from ur quote "They NORMALLY will tow you to the nearest location where you can either arrange for repairs or a tow back to your home port." i dont think this was in a NORMAL situation, the people were injured and had to get off the boat. 25 knot winds and 4-5 feet seas if pretty rough for not a seasoned sailor and they weren't. They had just bought the craft the day before and were unaware of how the weather can change in an instant on the water. How do u know that they didnt try and were unsucessful?? 4 of wading river fd volunteers also had to be taken to the hospital for injuries.


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