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Youths Rescued at Bethpage State Park

3 hospitalized after reports of intoxication.

Three youths were hospitalized Sunday after police and fire units rescued them at Bethpage State Park.

Nassau County police and fire units from Bethpage, Plainview and other departments responded to reports that several youths were intoxicated and possibly unconscious in the woods.

All were eventually found after rescuers from police aviation units, and fire fighters using four-wheel drive vehicles, mountain bikes and quads searched the woods for more than an hour. 

There was no immediate word on the condition of the youths.

freghsdfh July 18, 2011 at 04:25 AM
If the rescuers had truly cared about children being intoxicated then they should have disposed of any alcohol in the area, especially opened bottles that are full and left unattended. Alcohol isn't even allowed in the park after all.
B.Brewer July 18, 2011 at 09:12 AM
I think the rescuers were more interested in getting the boys help than in cleaning up the area. It seems that there were more than enough concerned citizens around to make sure that nothing was left behind to harm anyone else. Instead of complaining, how about a "Thank You" for a job well done!
Carol Pacifico Lewis July 21, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Some of the parents of these children are claiming it was an "innocent rite of passage - ALL 14 year olds are going to drink" Not ALL 14 years olds wind up in a pool of their own vomit, in a park, with rescue teams searching for them!! I hope these parents still feel the same way when they have to foot the bill for the ambulances, and search helicopter. Will their insurance cover that? As a taxpayer, I sure dont want to pay for it! Watch your children, set limits, know where they are!!!
SueRH July 21, 2011 at 06:20 PM
"innocent rite of passage - ALL 14 year olds are going to drink" - And that's the problem with parents today.
tj February 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Light weights.....its sad that the only legal drug our children can experiment with is alcohol...the most hardcore drug out there,,,within 1 use some really bad and deadly things can happen using that drug alcohol....Just smoke some weed kids...eat some junk food, and watch a movie....Alcohol is so accepted in society...that even mother against drunk driving are not against drinking,,but against drinking and driving...Drink all you want kids..just have a designated driver...very strange times we live

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