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Dec 3, 2018 7:15 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Shinnnecock Tribal Member Commends EMS Crews For Rescue Efforts

A personal watercraft capsized near the Shinnecock Reservation on Monday night, killing one of the two men on board. COURTESY LANCE GUMBS
Dec 5, 2018 9:13 AM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

After Mr. Jackman was pulled out of the water by the Southampton Fire Department Water Rescue Team, Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Trustee Lance Gumbs said, he was concerned that the watercraft was still in the water and would leak oil and gasoline in the vicinity of an oyster bed.

So crews in boats searched the water for the watercraft, and Mr. Gumbs, two other tribal trustees and State Troopers searched from the beach.

At the same time, Mr. Gumbs said, EMS crews were packing up, and the majority of them had left the reservation.

But nearly 30 minutes after Mr. Jackman was pulled out of the water, Mr. Gumbs said, the Troopers he was walking behind began flashing their lights in the water and saw Mr. Riddick.

He said the Troopers began pulling Mr. Riddick to shore, and he and two other tribal members helped out.

“Nobody knew there was a second person,” Mr. Gumbs said. “Most of the EMS people had left, so they had to come back.”

He said crews immediately began to try to resuscitate Mr. Riddick on the beach. One of the problems with the beach where Mr. Riddick was found, is that there is no access for vehicles to drive on.

So, members of the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance assisted by driving an ATV onto the beach.

“They really worked on him,” Mr. Gumbs said. “I gotta give credit where credit is due.”

Mr. Gumbs said he has known Mr. Riddick for almost all of his life. In fact, Mr. Riddick’s sister, who Mr. Gumbs did not identify, worked at his store, and her brother would always come to visit.

“He was just a generally good person,” Mr. Gumbs said.

He added that Mr. Riddick was not a member of the tribe, and that the accident had nothing to do with the tribe.

“It was just a freak accident,” he said.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Sources close to Barry Riddick, 56, of Southampton, confirmed on Tuesday that he was the man who died on Monday night after his personal watercraft capsized near Old Fort Pond in Shinnecock Bay.

Mr. Riddick was driving the watercraft when John Jackman, 52, of Southampton fell off.

According to Taobi Silva of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, when Mr. Riddick turned around to help, the watercraft capsized.

Southampton Fire Department Public Information Officer Don King said a 911 call was placed at 5:34 p.m., and by 5:49 p.m., the fire department’s water rescue team had launched a boat from the end of Little Neck Road, on the western side of Old Fort Pond in Shinnecock Hills, to search for the victims in the water.

Mr. King said one man was pulled from the water—Mr. Silva said this was Mr. King—and when he finally stabilized, he told EMS crews that there was a second person on the watercraft with him.

Crews immediately sprung back into action. A Suffolk County Police helicopter assisted with the search, while Southampton Town Bay Constables and the Southampton Fire Department searched the water on boats.

Shane Weeks of the Shinnecock Nation said he was walking along the beach at the end of Little Beach Road with members of the tribe, Troopers and members of the fire department, when Mr. Riddick was found washed up on the beach.

Crews immediately began administering CPR to Mr. Riddick on the beach, according to Mr. Weeks.

Multiple calls to State Troopers seeking additional information were not immediately returned on Tuesday.

UPDATE: Tuesday, 6:10 a.m.

State Police said one person is dead after a jet ski capsized off the shore of the Shinnecock Indian Reservation on Monday evening.

In a press release on Tuesday morning, State Police said troopers and Southampton Town Bay Constables responded to the scene at 5:33 p.m. and were able to retrieve one male subject who was hanging onto the capsized jet ski, though details about that person were not provided. He was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, police said, and is expected to survive.

A second unidentified male was found on the shore of the reservation, police said, and was unresponsive. Police added that he was also taken to Stony Brook Hospital and later pronounced dead.

The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing its investigation and ask that anyone with information about the incident call 631-756-3300.

Original Story:

Southampton Town Police said a water rescue took place on Monday evening just off of the Shinnecock Reservation, though they did not provide any other details.

A witness at the scene said a jet ski with two people flipped, and a person from shore swam out to try to rescue them.

When emergency services arrived, they recovered one of the victims from the water, unconscious and not breathing. The other two people, according to the witness, were treated for hypothermia.

The Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Ambulance, and Southampton Fire Department responded to the scene.

No other details were unavailable.

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So sad! RIP!!!
By MelissaA (44), Sag Harbor on Dec 4, 18 1:11 PM
I believe it was Southampton Fire Dept rescue boat that scooped up the survivor, nice job by those guys
By E12East (1), Southampton on Dec 4, 18 1:28 PM
Same as I heard. The original story had it as a multi agency operation, the update says it was only troopers and bay constables.
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Dec 4, 18 1:57 PM
I was listening to the call and yes you seem correct. In fact, i don’t even think the bay constables were on scene yet when SFD made the grab. Great job by SFD 2nd assistant chief as incident commander and his captains running operations. The volunteer fire and ems agencies and their personnel from a radio monitoring perspective were fantastic.
By EastEnder17 (2), East Hampton on Dec 5, 18 4:44 PM
Why would anybody be riding a jet ski in this kind of weather and that time of day?
By HamptonDad (182), Hampton Bays on Dec 4, 18 1:49 PM
What a disrespectful comment at this sad time!
By 2329702 (26), East Quogue on Dec 5, 18 12:28 PM
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Guess you didn't notice the question mark at the end of the sentence. There is a difference between a question and a comment!!
By HamptonDad (182), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 7:26 PM
Such a disrespectful question. Barry was my neighbor.
By EA Yastrzemski (3), Southampton on Dec 9, 18 12:53 PM
Hamptondad, very sad news, but some people enjoy the sport in all weather. Surfers, kite boards and yes, jet skis. Was in Alaska on a glacier tour, a dozen of so doing the tour on jet skis.
A little planning and thought goes a long way. Prayers for the family...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Dec 4, 18 2:09 PM
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Knitter, you know it is illegal to ride a jet ski after dark. So, regardless if they enjoy riding them in the cold it is never Ok to ride in the dark.
By lifesaver (116), speonk on Dec 5, 18 8:44 AM
Don king was in the water, according to this article.
By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Dec 4, 18 5:56 PM
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Cold water
By Aeshtron (222), Southampton on Dec 4, 18 8:13 PM
I bet that “crews immediately sprung back into action” line with no attribution is a regret....sloppy reporting helps no one. Being first ain’t that important. I still have no idea how this went down. Update 3 and 4 are complete contradictions??
By Brandon Quinn (164), Hampton Bays on Dec 5, 18 1:11 AM
So the online version and the print versions of this story are complete opposites. It is amazing what reporters hear and are willing to take as truth without second thought. It is disgusting how wrong these articles are. Kudos to the Southampton Fire Department boat crews and local EMS personnel. Makes me wonder how many other articles regarding the Southampton Bay Constables are them taking credit for volunteer work. Shame.
By BlackLab (38), Southampton on Dec 5, 18 1:21 PM
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By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Dec 5, 18 9:53 PM
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By toes in the water (705), southampton on Dec 6, 18 6:57 AM
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By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Dec 6, 18 2:30 PM
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By Draggerman (840), Southampton on Dec 6, 18 2:36 PM
A bunch of yentas. RIP and stifle the armchair quarterbacking. You all sound like heartless morons.
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Dec 10, 18 8:46 AM
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lifesaver, when did they got out? When did they run into problems? A lot of information is missing, before we jump to conclusions...
By knitter (1537), Southampton on Dec 10, 18 11:50 AM
None of anyone’s business. Go sell some crappy overpriced real estate
By even flow (804), East Hampton on Dec 11, 18 7:31 AM
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