Swimmers Pulled From Water Near North Haven Beach

The Sag Harbor Fire Department dive team was on the scene. STEPHEN KOTZ

Three swimmers were pulled from the waters near the Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge in North Haven Sunday afternoon.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., an alert went out that three people who had been fishing from a spit of land under the bridge had gone into Sag Harbor Bay from the cove side beach on the North Haven side of the bridge.

According to Southampton Town Police Department spokesperson Lieutenant Susan Ralph, the three people — two girls aged 11 and 15 years old, and a 31-year-old man — got caught in the current. A bystander in a dinghy pulled them out, she said, and they were transported by ambulance to an area hospital “to be checked out.”

Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin McGuire said one of the little girls went in swimming and may have run into trouble when she reached an area where there’s a severe drop-off.
A witness on the scene reported a man on a personal watercraft also assisted and started CPR as EMTs and police arrived.

Sag Harbor Village Police, and ambulances from Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, and East Hampton fire departments were called to the scene as were the bay constable and Southampton Fire Department dive team, as well as two patrol units from the Southampton Town Police Department.

The bridge connecting Sag Harbor to North Haven spans the waters of the bay and Sag Harbor Cove. It was named in honor of local hero Jordan Haerter in 2008.

A virtual run in memory of the fallen Marine kicked off that morning.