Sea Tow Shinnecock/Moriches Owner Captain Les Trafford: Early on the afternoon of May 12, 2013, Capt. Trafford was notified about a 45-foot trawler, the Pauline IV, which had capsized on a sandbar with two persons aboard. Within 10 minutes, Capt. Trafford in his 24-foot Sea Tow boat arrived at the inlet. It was a bright, sunny and gusty day with winds blowing steadily from the southwest at 20 knots with higher gusts. Short-period 6- to 12-foot waves were battering the Shinnecock Inlet sandbar. As Trafford approached the bar, he expertly read the conditions, determined he could make it through the surf zone, and circled ocean-side and east of the bar to where the Pauline had capsized and was bottom-side-up, leaving a debris field. Remaining in deep water, Trafford searched the east side of the bar. He patiently scanned the debris field but did not locate survivors. A Suffolk County Police helicopter arrived on scene and commenced a search. While near the debris field, the helicopter crew located a person clinging to a lobster buoy one mile offshore to the east of the bar, and directed Capt. Trafford to the location for pickup.