Missing boater ok after being found on LI Sound

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An Oyster Bay Hamlet man who ran out of gas on his sailboat in the Long Island Sound, was found safe on his stranded craft with his dog late Wednesday night, a mile north of Bayville, authorities said.

The man was identified by authorities as Alex Siple, 26. The dog was unharmed, officials said.

According to first responders, an Oyster Bay fire/rescue boat and town bay constables had been called in to look for the sailboat that had been due to return to a marina near Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park at 1 p.m. They said a call came in to authorities saying that the sailboat, named Why Knot, never made it back to the marina.

The Nassau County Police Marine Bureau and a police helicopter also aided in the search. The boat was being towed eastward toward the entrance to Oyster Bay shortly after 10 p.m. and Siple was taken aboard the town's bay constable patrol boat, first responders said.

No details were immediately available regarding Siple's location when he ran out of fuel or his destination.

Waters were calm in the Oyster Bay area Wednesday morning with only a light wind in the afternoon, making it unlikely that weather conditions played a role in any possible problem.

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