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Rangers Assist Man Severely Injured By Boat Propeller

Fire Island National Seashore

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Suffolk County PD dispatch received a 911 call on the afternoon of Sunday, July 18th, reporting that a man had suffered a deep laceration to his leg from a boat propeller in Great South Bay near Davis Park. Since Suffolk County Marine Bureau vessels had an ETA of about 20 minutes, rangers Bernardo Felix, Edward Page and Richard Fhaner responded by boat and were on scene within minutes. The operator of a 17-foot Boston Whaler – a Good Samaritan who was transporting the injured man to Davis Park Marina – flagged down their patrol boat. The rangers found that a 50-year-old man had sustained a severe open wound on his lower right leg from just below the knee to just above the ankle. He’d sustained it while climbing back on board his anchored vessel, striking his leg on the propeller blade in the process. The engine was not running at the time. Felix treated the man for injury and shock, while Page and Fhaner cleared a helicopter landing zone and assisted with crowd control and getting the man on board the helicopter. A flight medic assumed care when the man was onboard. He was flown to a regional trauma center, where he received more than 60 stitches to close the wound. Indications are that there may be no permanent damage to the leg from the injury.


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