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Aug 8, 2018 11:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Bay Constables Save Former Lobster Inn Owner From Overturned Boat At Shinnecock Inlet

Aug 9, 2018 12:18 PM

Southampton Town bay constables rescued George "Skip" Tollefsen, the former owner of the Lobster Inn, after his boat overturned in Shinnecock Inlet on Wednesday morning.

Southampton Town Police said a report of an overturned 15-foot Boston Whaler was called in at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday, and when the bay constables arrived, they found Mr. Tollefsen of Hampton Bays in the water, wearing a life jacket and hanging on to the front rail of the Boston Whaler.

Mr. Tollefsen was alone, police noted, and was able to be pulled out of the water. He was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for exhaustion.

Along with the bay constables, Southampton Town Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and Southampton Village Police responded to the scene to assist.

The rough seas made it difficult to recover the Boston Whaler from the water, and it was left adrift. The U.S. Coast Guard issued a notice on the VHF Channel 16, letting boaters know of the boat’s existence, along with its location and direction of travel.

Calls to Southampton Town Police seeking additional information were not immediately returned.

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Great job guys, hope SKIP is ok. He's a real waterman...
By knitter (1606), Southampton on Aug 8, 18 2:33 PM
A lobster’s revenge...nearly becoming fodder himself for the same lobsters he served. Great job!
By SDG1776 (114), Southampton on Aug 8, 18 2:54 PM
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Great job. Happy to hear that Skip is Ok. Thank you to the bay constables. ect

By Hbays (6), Hampton Bays on Aug 8, 18 4:44 PM
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Why the hell do people take 15ft boats in the inlet? I've seen 70 ft draggers eaten up by the inlet and sunk, use your common sense.
By chief1 (2609), southampton on Aug 8, 18 9:42 PM
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Have been in the inlet with a 13 whaler. You have to know the inlet and pick your days. Skip is a good waterman and got caught in a situation.
Why do you go to work that way, there probably is a safer way? We all have made mistakes.
By knitter (1606), Southampton on Aug 9, 18 12:05 PM
If it's the whaler that I have in mind, the sides are low and probably not good for going thru the inlet especially where the rough water is. Also, if he doesn't have enough horsepower, the current could also pose a problem for his or any boat. I've got experience dealing with this inlet using a 1965 18' Wellcraft boat.
By doug417 (1), Houston on Aug 11, 18 9:34 PM
Close call #2 . . . glad he is OK.

When was the ocean rollover with a Lobster Inn employee also on board . . . the 70's or 80's? Lucky that a friend's father flew directly over the missing vessel, with no coordinates to go on, way out to sea.

Providence Smiles how many times . . . ?

By PBR (4895), Southampton on Aug 9, 18 2:45 PM
Boston Whalers won't sink but they sure do flip! Not a boat for the inlet or ocean(15 feet) Glad he is ok, nice rescue!!!
By mtkfishman (60), montauk on Aug 10, 18 8:55 AM