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Two Norwalkers Rescued At Sea After Storm

NORWALK, Conn. – Two people were rescued from the cold and windy waters of Long Island Sound Sunday evening in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, Norwalk Police Officer John Taranto said.

"Sgt. Lapak and Officer Scully saved two people's lives last night," Taranto said.

The boaters were reported missing at about 7:45 p.m. Taranto said they had gone out in "a little inflatable raft" at 5 p.m. from the Rowayton area. They were expected back at 7 p.m., but when they didn't return, officers with the Marine Patrol were called back in.

The Norwalk Fire Department assisted in the search, which involved both marine unit boats. "The conditions were horrendous," Taranto said.

The winds were blowing at a steady 40 mph and the waves were at least 5- to 6-feet high. Sgt. Pete Lapak and Officer Greg Scully found them on Betts Island hypothermic and "soaked to the bone," Taranto said.

"Other than that the hurricane wasn't that bad," he said.

Taranto said he and Officer Adam Mulcern retrieved a 47-foot sailboat that broke loose from its mooring. A SoNo Seaport boat sunk at Veterans Park and the marine patrol's office on the Water Street waterfront was flooded with about three feet of water.

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