Town Accepts Donation of Stokes Basket

Town officials have accepted the donation of a Stokes basket from the Greater Huntington Council of Yachting and Boating Clubs.

In November, the Town Board formally accepted the donation of a Stokes basket from the boating group to be used by the Department of Maritime Services on its M-1 response vessel to aid in the rescue of boaters in and around Huntington waterways.

Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, Councilman Ed Smyth and Councilwoman Joan Cergol were joined by the Huntington harbormaster’s office to accept the donation.

Lupinacci said, “We sincerely appreciate the GHCYBC’s donation of this water rescue device, which complements safety upgrades implemented on our waterways, at our Town marinas and to our response fleet during this administration.”

Ed Carr, commodore of the Greater Huntington Council of Yachting and Boating Clubs, said, “The Greater Huntington Boating Council is pleased to use the proceeds from our Safe Boating Week events to purchase and donate a new Stokes Basket to the Town. This device is a critical piece of equipment for retrieving an injured person in the water, and ultimately transferring them to an ambulance.”

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