Police step up patrols on the water as storm moves closer - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police step up patrols on the water as storm moves closer

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Police stepped up patrols on the water on Labor Day as Hermine moved closer. (WFSB) Police stepped up patrols on the water on Labor Day as Hermine moved closer. (WFSB)
OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

Even with a Tropical Storm Warning in effect, police in one shoreline town maintained a presence on the water in hopes of keeping boaters safe this holiday.

On Monday, some die-hard sailboaters were out on the water, looking to catch the storm-fed winds.

As people were out on the water, marine patrols were out to make sure everyone was being safe.

Old Saybrook police took Eyewitness News out on the rough waters, where swells were four to five feet.

"As the day progresses and tide shifts with this wind, you’re going to see these conditions extend out to Long Island Sound. That’s where people will really have to start paying attention,” said Tom Pitasi, of Old Saybrook Marine Patrol.

"Behaving safely on the water, things can happen pretty quick that could put us in a bad predicament,” said Old Saybrook Police Sgt. Jeffrey DePerry.

On Monday, the patrol caught a boater whose vessel wasn’t registered. He also didn’t have life jackets on board. That was two strikes against him, earning him a $75 ticket.

"You have to have life jackets on board. You can't be out here without life jackets,” DePerry told the boater.

Also, the water has gotten colder because of Hermine. The temperature has dropped down to 67 degrees near the surface.

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