NEW YORK (AP) -- A Long Island man was ordered out of Long Island's North Channel by the Coast Guard Wednesday, while rowing a 9-foot inflatable boat that was trying to tow a 35-foot fishing vessel.
Coast Guard Lieutenant Steven Koch called it "one of the most unsafe things I may have ever seen a boater do,'' trying to tow a 35-foot vessel 20 miles in strong currents by paddling a 9-foot inflatable boat.
Louis Pasquale, of Seaford, was trying to tow his 35-foot fishing vessel Barbara Ann from Bay Shore about 20 miles to Freeport, Long Island.
He reportedly started towing the vessel at 5:30 Wednesday morning from the East Islip Marina, and managed to get about 100 yards in three hours when both the Coast Guard and Islip Harbor Police stopped him.
A Coast Guard boat crew towed the vessel, a hazard to navigation within the North Channel, to Bayberry Point and ordered Pasquale to anchor.Islip Harbor Police towed the vessel into East Islip Marina and issued Pasquale a both state and town tickets for unsafe operation and hazard to navigation.