Widow of drowning victim chastises Na...

Widow of drowning victim chastises Nassau police

There are 21 comments on the Newsday.com story from Dec 15, 2008, titled Widow of drowning victim chastises Nassau police. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

The widow of an East Norwich boater who apparently drowned three weeks ago in Oyster Bay says she believes he would have been saved if police had begun a search out on the harbor sooner.

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moretoit

Baldwin, NY

#2 Dec 16, 2008
4-5 hr survivability {temperature of water},200 yards from shore,near 2 boats {or more},expert swimmer {according to wife] somethings not adding up. sorry for loss
midniteman

Edison, NJ

#3 Dec 16, 2008
That's right Lt., start the damage control.
mike g

East Hampton, NY

#4 Dec 16, 2008
The police did what any reasonable person would have done. The caller reported the incident 2 hrs after hearing the scream. if the husband was such a good swimmer as his wife claims why wasnt he on shore after two hours. The reason most likely was he was dead underwater. Then ncpd officers look on beach and water no one found. would the check every car in parking lot and call each owner asking them are you ok. give me a break his wife will get an atty and nassau county will settle out of court because it will be cheaper than defending a frivolous lawsuit. taxpayers will end up rewarding the family because the husband was negligent in not wearing a life vest. once again, no personal responsibility. Hopefully a judge will throw any lawsuit out the window. no life jacket fallin 47 degree water NOT GOOD!!! NASSAU CNTY PD NOT AT FAULT!!!!!!!!!!
Kokomo Joe

United States

#5 Dec 16, 2008
The guy was an assrag who made a fatal mistake. Who goes and checks their boat in the dark, in December in a frigging dinghy? There's more to this story than what's being told. Maybe someone made sure he slept with the fish that night, eh?
Outrgae

New York, NY

#6 Dec 16, 2008
I smell a stinky Law Suit. Amazing it is always somebody else fault.
please

New York, NY

#7 Dec 16, 2008
mike g wrote:
The police did what any reasonable person would have done. The caller reported the incident 2 hrs after hearing the scream. if the husband was such a good swimmer as his wife claims why wasnt he on shore after two hours. The reason most likely was he was dead underwater. Then ncpd officers look on beach and water no one found. would the check every car in parking lot and call each owner asking them are you ok. give me a break his wife will get an atty and nassau county will settle out of court because it will be cheaper than defending a frivolous lawsuit. taxpayers will end up rewarding the family because the husband was negligent in not wearing a life vest. once again, no personal responsibility. Hopefully a judge will throw any lawsuit out the window. no life jacket fallin 47 degree water NOT GOOD!!! NASSAU CNTY PD NOT AT FAULT!!!!!!!!!!
cops always have an out- go back to sitting in your cars doing nothing...take some responsibility - you certainly are compensated well for doing NOTHING.....
Irish Twin

Punxsutawney, PA

#9 Dec 16, 2008
Kokomo Joe wrote:
The guy was an assrag who made a fatal mistake. Who goes and checks their boat in the dark, in December in a frigging dinghy? There's more to this story than what's being told. Maybe someone made sure he slept with the fish that night, eh?
My brother was a selfless, hardworking man who would even give a helping hand to the likes of you joe

“Let's go Yankees”

Since: Jul 08

Long Island

#10 Dec 16, 2008
please wrote:
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cops always have an out- go back to sitting in your cars doing nothing...take some responsibility - you certainly are compensated well for doing NOTHING.....
They did nothing wrong here, and congrats on getting out early. Work release or good behavior?
irish twin

Punxsutawney, PA

#12 Dec 16, 2008
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
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The guy played no part in his own death? Are the police to be everywhere watching everyone 24/7? We know what rules/laws he broke and he paid the price. Done deal.
As I replied to kokoj; my brother was a selfless, hardworking man who would help everyone all the time, yes even you mr.shit
VOR

Bronx, NY

#14 Dec 17, 2008
It's really an unfortunate accident. It's just too bad that the police weren't called until at least 2 hours after the accident occurred. The boy who reported it should not responsible either. He was probably unable to identify the direction the cries were coming from.

Sadly, it's probably true that the man had perished by the time police were on the scene. I wonder though, where his dinghy was. It owuld have been evidence to search the water more thoroughly.
Ca mu na t Disorganizer

Trumbull, CT

#15 Dec 17, 2008
Kokomo Joe wrote:
...Who goes and checks their boat in the dark, in December in a frigging dinghy? There's more to this story than what's being told....
Maybe someone who will do anything to get away from a nagging wife. Yes there is more to this story.
irish twin

Punxsutawney, PA

#16 Dec 17, 2008
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
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That justifies carelessness?
Being responsible about his boat, weather was bad that morning, You just CareLess so stop...
sorry

AOL

#17 Dec 17, 2008
Nite time operation
No life jacket(expert boaters wear them under these conditions)
No companion
No lights
No visible distress device
No audible distress device
freezing weather in Dec.
Expert swimmer and so close to the marina and he couldn't swim to the dock?
A kid tells her mom about hearing a help call ON LAND IN THE PARK.
The Coast Guard said the man could have survived... well, does that mean that the man could have been dead before the police had been notified? If you get that Coast Guard guy on the stand he will look like a fool. How does this adds up to the cops being at fault?
This is just a tragedy. Sympathy to the family. Let it go. If anybody is at fault, unfortunatley its the deceased person.He had done many things improperly.
Irish Twin

Punxsutawney, PA

#20 Dec 21, 2008
OhWellShitHappens wrote:
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What? Please explain.
I can only imagine you understanding anything.
irish twin

Punxsutawney, PA

#21 Dec 31, 2008
This holiday season has come without answers...
Dec. 25th spiritually marks my Brother's one month passing. We all miss him terribly....
Now the New year will come with more wonder and questions. Why is this so difficult to explore....There are just so many sad things to account for. I pray some respect is given to Sal for all he has done for this sad community.....
NIMBY Island

Trumbull, CT

#22 Dec 31, 2008
irish twin wrote:
This holiday season has come without answers...
Dec. 25th spiritually marks my Brother's one month passing. We all miss him terribly....
Now the New year will come with more wonder and questions. Why is this so difficult to explore....There are just so many sad things to account for. I pray some respect is given to Sal for all he has done for this sad community.....
Let it go, you're only inviting criticism.
Run262

Elmhurst, NY

#23 Dec 31, 2008
The loss of this man is very sad and his family deserves prayers.

I wonder if the wife received phone calls promising big money from a lawsuit. Nassau Police seem like a likely target cause they have deeper pockets for Mollins or a Brewington type to sue.
HarleyRider

Brooklyn, NY

#24 Dec 31, 2008
irish twin wrote:
This holiday season has come without answers...
Dec. 25th spiritually marks my Brother's one month passing. We all miss him terribly....
Now the New year will come with more wonder and questions. Why is this so difficult to explore....There are just so many sad things to account for. I pray some respect is given to Sal for all he has done for this sad community.....
Answers to what? it was an unfortunate accident, and I feel for you and your family. But the truth is, he has no one to fault but himself. An expert swimmer could have "floated" to shore, let alone swim. It was only 200 yards.
It would be criminal for someone to sue the police on this....CRIMINAL!
Run262

Elmhurst, NY

#25 Dec 31, 2008
Litigation is so expensive that it's easier to write a nominal check to make it go away. Subpoena costs, expert witnesses, transcripts, court costs, selecting a jury, salaries, overtime for personnel, and additional expenses make any case a drain for taxpayers.

Kenneth Mollins of Melville primarily sues governmental agencies including cases weaker than this one. He posted here months ago calling himself an aggressive ''pittdog''. Brewington is a major leach to LI taxpayers.
Marta

Wayne, NJ

#26 Dec 31, 2008
Word up Sorry

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