Hardly had the captain been carried to the lifesaving station, when the schooner Lizzie S. Haynes was discovered in the same vicinity. Her three masts broke off near the vessel’s deck and, with a crash that was heard above the roar of the wind, fell into the ocean. There had been 7 men aboard when she stranded though only two could be seen from shore. A line was quickly fired on board and the two men—the captain and steward—had pulled most of it out to the vessel when it suddenly caught in floating debris and broke in two. Another line was fired, and yet another, and not until four o’clock that afternoon was the breeches buoy finally put in operation. A third man, a mate who was seriously injured when the mast fell, violently resisted all efforts by the captain and steward to place him in the breeches buoy. With the approach of darkness, he was at last left on board while the other two were pulled to safety. Later that night a lifesaver went out in the breeches buoy and found the body of the mate yet warm. The body was quickly drawn ashore, stimulants were administered, and the lifesavers tried every way they knew to revive him, but to no avail.
That afternoon the 250-ton Busiris, of St. John, New Brunswick, stranded and was lost 200 yards north of Poyners Hill Station.
Click HERE for the Annual Report of the Operations of the United States Life-Saving Service for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1889 with details on: Henry P. Simmons / Page 25; Lizzie S. Haynes / p. 32; Busiris / p. 188.