Three fishermen in a 12-foot inflatable boat stocked with only two oars and a single life preserver were rescued from Long Island Sound early Saturday after winds and currents carried them to sea and they were unable to paddle to shore, Suffolk police said.
The men were fishing for porgies in the small, nonmotorized boat they had launched from the Miller Place area Friday night, police said.
The fishermen were unable to navigate with the oars once winds and currents picked up, and the boat was adrift for at least three hours, police said.
The men called 911 from a cellphone at 12:40 a.m. Saturday and told authorities they were adrift and did not know their location.
Suffolk police aviation units eventually located the boat northeast of Woodhull Landing and took the men to Port Jefferson Harbor. The inflatable boat was towed to shore.
The fishermen were not injured. A summons was issued for insufficient life preservers on the vessel.