Coast Guard: 3 rescued in inflatable boat on Sound

Officials say Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers, Officials say Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers, along with members of the United States Coast Guard, rescued three people aboard a raft. The men were located by a USCG helicopter in Long Island Sound, 13 1/2 miles northeast of Wading River. (June 3, 2013) Photo Credit: SCPD

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Three Freeport men who went fishing Sunday night from Rocky Point were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and Suffolk County police after their inflatable boat drifted to a spot five miles off New Haven early Monday, officials said.

The three men -- Jorge Flores, 37, Walter Flores, 17, and Oscar Guillen, 27, all of Jay Street -- were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut for treatment of exposure following their rescue at 7:30 a.m., according to police.

Police said there were no life vests or rescue gear aboard the boat, described as an inflatable raft about eight feet in length.

The trio left Hagerman Landing Beach in Rocky Point at about 5 p.m., police said.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer Sondra Knee, said the trio was reported missing in a 911 call at about 1 a.m.

Kneen said the woman who reported the incident told the Coast Guard that her husband, son and nephew had gone fishing in the inflatable -- and were supposed to be back by 10 p.m., but hadn't returned.

Authorities said the Coast Guard dispatched two rescue boats and a helicopter, while Suffolk police also launched a helicopter and a Marine Bureau rescue boat. After the Coast Guard helicopter located the men five miles east of New Haven Harbor -- and 13 1/2 miles northeast of Wading River -- police Marine Bureau officers Matthew Funaro and David Goldstein got the trio into their boat, then got them ashore in Connecticut.

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