Eileen Hickey-Hulme of East Hampton and New York had an unexpected cold-water dip in the dark before dawn on Monday. According to a police report, Ms. Hickey-Hulme, an artist, was rescued from a sinking boat moored at Gardiner’s Marina at about 4 a.m. that day.
East Hampton Town police officers, responding to a 911 emergency call, were flagged down by Paul Lester of East Hampton as they entered the marina. Mr. Lester had fallen into the water as he tried to escape the sinking craft, police said, and was soaking wet.
Mr. Lester and Ms. Hickey-Hulme were asleep on board the boat when they were awakened by the sound of water rushing into the cabin. Mr. Lester tried to jump onto the dock to get help, police said, but fell into the icy water before managing to pull himself up to safety.
Ms. Hickey-Hulme was not able to make the jump. Members of the Springs Fire Department got her off the sinking vessel and rushed her, cold and wet, to Southampton Hospital, where she was treated for exposure. Mr. Lester declined medical attention.
Phone calls and an e-mail to Ms. Hickey-Hulme went unanswered yesterday.