Sailors stranded on Stamford breakwall after boat sinks

Breakwall_John Nickerson

By John Nickerson

Stamford Marine police rescued two men stranded on the StamfordHarbor’s east breakwall Monday afternoon after their fishing boat sank.

Sgt. Robert Monck said the two men were marooned on the break wall for about 45 minutes while powerful waves crashed on the wall pushed along strong southern winds. The two were brought to the Gardella Marina on the West Branch of the harbor where an ambulance was dispatched to check them out.

The two Stamford residents, Orlin Lumus, 28, and Vinicio Sosa, 29, declined medical treatment. Lumis said steep waves on the Long Island Sound side of the break wall swamped their 21-foot boat while they were fishing. The two were carrying their wet life vests while waiting for someone to pick them up.

Monck said only the front of the boat was still visible above the water on the south side of the break wall. Police were alerted at about 2:15 p.m. by a resident in Shippan that two men were signaling for help from the break wall.

Sosa said the two had to swim quite a distance to get to the break wall that protects the harbor from strong south winds like those blowing Monday.

At about 2:30 p.m. Monck said he had the two jump off the break wall and life rings were thrown and the two were hauled aboard the police boat without injury.

About 15 minutes before the two were spotted on the break wall, a 17-foot Boston Whaler had reportedly broke free of its moorning and was drifting up the West Branch with the wind. Monck said the boat was secured.

Christine Hall