Three teens rescued off Penfield Reef


On May 30, Fairfield Emergency Communications Center received a call of “two teens on the Reef: one on the rock, one trying to swim.” It was 1:17 p.m., and the rising tide made it difficult for the teenagers, three in total, to return to shore.

Fire engines and ladders responded, along with Fairfield Police Marine Unit vessels.

Shallow water inhibited Police Boat 1 from connecting with the teenagers, but Marine Unit 7 arrived to save eighteen-year-olds, James Scarmuzzino and Griffin Goblirsch of Bethany and Sam Moore of Orange.

The three had attempted to swim to the Penfield Reef Lighthouse, but attempted to swim back as the tide came in, according to Lieutenant Roger Caisse, who piloted Marine Unit 7.

After a medical evaluation, the teens were released at shore without injury, according to the report.

“The Fire Department would like to remind everyone to use caution and observe all posted warnings when swimming or boating in unfamiliar waters,” said Scott Bisson, assistant chief with the Fairfield Fire Department. “Tides, storms and weather constantly change the height of the sand bars and reefs around Long Island Sound, and may make an area that was previously safe different than expected.”

Emergency units urge swimmers and beachgoers to be cautious, especially after two drownings in the town last year.

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