Water in the Bilge

A 135-foot yacht adrift in Gardiner’s Bay called for help Wednesday afternoon as it was taking on water in the engine room.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast after the captain of the motor yacht Blind Date called in the report at 12:13 p.m., according to Chief Warrant Officer Russ Tippets, a public information officer for New York and Long Island. Eight people were on board the vessel.

Coast Guard Station Montauk launched boats, but it was the Sag Harbor Village harbormaster who escorted the Marshall Islands-based yacht back to Sag Harbor. Robert Bori, the harbormaster, said the yacht had left the village, where it has spent time on and off this summer, for Montauk when the trouble started.

It was just north of Cedar Point, East Hampton, and had about 3 1/2 feet of water in the bilge when he arrived. “An air-conditioning pipe let go and was pumping raw water into the bilge,” Mr. Bori said.

The Blind Date was able to make it to Sag Harbor under its own steam, but was only able to do about six knots, said the harbormaster. It was tied up to Long Wharf and is being worked on there.