BOAT UPSET IN CONEY ISLAND COVE.--Yesterday afternoon a small sail boat, containing two gunners named John Witworth and John Morris, was accidentally capsised in the Coney Island Cove, and both the men precipitated into the water.--They clung to the craft, from which they were released shortly after and restored to comfortable quarters on board of a sloop that fortunately was near at hand at the time of the accident.
--Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Friday, October 17, 1851
Finally, a happy ending.
The New York Times had reported the same story with the headline "Boat Upset" on October 18. (direct link)