Hurricane Kayakers Rescued in New York

Men given summonses after capsizing off Staten Island


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Police rescued two kayakers in the ocean off of Staten Island on Saturday night after the men ignored hurricane warnings and capsized their boats in rough waters. The kayakers, 34 and 37, were paddling off of Great Kills when a five-foot wave overturned their kayaks. Both men were wearing lifejackets and spent about 30 minutes floating in the water before a harbor boat found and retrieved them. The rescue efforts, which included some 25 emergency units, were complicated by thick fog and waves. In a news conference late Saturday night, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the pair’s decision to venture out in the storm “a reckless act that diverted badly-needed NYPD resources.” The pair were issued summonses after returning to the marina on Staten Island. While Manhattan weathered Hurricane Irene largely unscathed, severe flooding in Staten Island trapped 63 people on Sunday morning. Vermont and other states in the northeast continue to experience serious flooding today.