HAVERSTRAW - Thanks to the quick action of a rescuer, a boater who was hanging on for dear life to his overturned sailboat over the weekend is alive today.
Tim Andrews got an emergency call Sunday night that a man was in the water off of Haverstraw Bay after his sailboat capsized. When Andrews got there, Michael Lipkin, of Monsey, was holding on to his boat.
Lipkin was wearing a dry suit that is designed to keep you warm in the water, but Andrews says the waters may have been only at 45 degrees, and Lipkin appeared to be suffering from hypothermia.
Lipkin was treated by EMTs and then taken to Nyack Hospital. He was released and sent home after a few hours.
Andrews has served as the captain of a Sea Tow rescue boat for the last 15 years.