UPDATE, 5:25 p.m.
The two people rescued were hunters who became disoriented as fog rolled in, but they have survived and will be fine, Capt. Brenner said at about 3:30 p.m.
The pair had gone out onto some flats in the bay opposite Road D but lost their bearings in the fog, panicked and started screaming for help, he said. A bystander called 911. Their identities were not available, but the captain said they were both male.
Both were conscious and still standing when reached by rescuers, but the one taken aboard by Southampton Fire Department’s water rescue team lost consciousness upon rescue and regained it later on shore.
In addition to the fire department and the U.S. Coast Guard, the North Sea Fire Department also sent a boat.
“What a great Christmas story,” Capt. Brenner. “You always hear of bad things happening this time of year.”
Two people whose condition is unknown were pulled from Shinnecock Bay on Saturday afternoon in a “major water rescue,” according to Southampton Fire Department Captain Chris Brenner.
The Southampton Fire Department water rescue team and the U.S. Coast Guard were called out sometime around 12:30 p.m. to a report of “screams heard in the fog,” on the opposite side of the bay from Road D, the captain said. Upon arrival, they could hear the victims but not see them, he said.
One victim was recovered by the fire department, while the other was recovered by the Coast Guard. They were transported to Coast Guard Station Shinnecock in Hampton Bays to await an ambulance to the hospital, the captain said.
Additional details on the victims was not immediately available.
It was also not immediately clear why the pair had been in the water. They could have been swimming, clamming or boating, the captain said.