Stranded Windsurfer Rescued on Robins Island

Windsurfer assessed for hypothermia after drifting from Southampton to Robins Island.

A 68-year-old Center Moriches man who drifted into Peconic Bay alone on a windsurfing board and landed on Robins Island was rescued by Southampton Town Bay Constables shortly after noon on Friday, police said.

After receiving a call of a missing windsurfer at 11:50 a.m., the Suffolk County Police helicopter located John Vanderwolf on the northwest side of Robins Island at 12:22 p.m., wearing a wetsuit and standing in the water on a shoal, police said. Southampton Bay Constables, , and the U.S. Coast Guard were also dispatched in the search.

At the time of the incident, Peconic Bay was extremely rough with 4- to 7- foot waves with southwesterly wind gusts up to 45 mph, and the water temperature was about 40 degrees.

Vanderwolf was transported to the Robins Island dock in New Suffolk and was assessed for hypothermia byrescue squad and was released, police said.

Jaguar-Guy January 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM
What a waste of Government resources for the FOOL wind-surfing on a day not fit for it !! Thank you for wasting Tax-Payor money.
Jerry Can January 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I remember in the past whenever anyone landed on Robin's island a security guard would come around to tell people to get off. I am glad that the man is alright and thankful that the rescuers were there for him. Unfortunately, I feel that this man should not have been out there in the first place and certainly not alone. While I respect his sportsmanship, his act was not accidental but premeditated and in that regard he should certainly face some type of fine an share in the expenses of his rescue. This should be compliment with some type of psychiatric treatment. What in hell was he thinking? Luckily no responders where hurt either, but there is always the risk that when you engage in this type of activity you might endanger the lives of others. If you engage in risky behavior, don't put others at risk. That's true for any sport.
Jaguar-Guy January 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Right with you Jerry Can.
Carrie Ann Salvi January 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Suffolk County Police Aviation had to risk their lives and helicopter to help with this too.
Jaguar-Guy January 14, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Jerry Can was right on it when he accurately noted that this "voluntary" act, at a ridiculous time of year, requiring all the emergency services called on should come at a cost/fee.


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