A fishing boat capsized on the waters of Jamaica Bay Friday night, killing two people and injuring three during a night of heavy wind and rain.
At about 7:46 p.m., two men who had been on the boat swam to shore and alerted an on-duty guard at the NYPD’s aviation base at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn that their boat had capsized and that three other friends were in the water.
Police and FDNY harbor boats found two men near the shore and had to rescue a third. Authorities transported them to local hospitals.
The two men who died, ages 42 and 50, were rushed to Mount Sinai Beth Israel after suffering from cardiac arrest. They were pronounced dead on Friday night, police said. According to authorities, both men are Brooklyn residents.
The two men who alerted authorities and a friend — ages 48, 33, and 37 — were taken to Coney Island Hospital with minor injuries, according to police. Their identities have not been released, pending family notification.
Though Hurricane Joaquin is not expected to hit Queens, the area has experienced heavy wind and rain as remnants of the storm pass through. A coastal flood advisory was in effect for New York City and a high surf advisory remains in place for southern Queens and the south shore of Long Island until Sunday.