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Apparent False Alarm By Leeds Pond Near Port Washington

Police find nothing after receiving call about person in distress.

Rescue workers responded to a 911 call they received at about 7 p.m. Thursday evening regarding a person tangled in a fishing net who was in distress by Leeds Pond in Manhasset.

Although first responders thoroughly canvassed the entire area, they found nothing, a Nassau County Police spokesman said.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing heavy police activity and other emergency vehicles on North Plandome in front of the Science Museum as officers on foot appeared to be searching the bay and Leeds pond for something. Also spotted were a helicopter and police boats, who joined the search.

 M-LFD Companies 1, 2, 3, 5 and Ambulance Unit were dispatched to Leeds Pond for a possible water rescue. Crews from M-LFD along with NCPD's Marine and Aviation Bureau responded. 

“They kept looking in the water,” said another onlooker. “There were at least five fire trucks, two ambulances and an assortment of rescue vehicles, right across from science museum." 

Jennifer Scotto-Robinson August 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I hope the Police figure out who placed this fake call. What if the all these rescuers/responders were needed at a real emergency? It's just not right. Ugh.
NYB August 19, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Most of these calls are good-will attempts by passers by to get help to someone who appears to be in distress but truly is not. Other drivers reported seeing someone in the water, possibly fishing, so it seems likely that there was at least some basis to this report, although I have no idea who made the actual call.

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