Two rescued from boat off Port Jefferson

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Two men were rescued from a submerged boat off Port Jefferson on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Dan Antino, 28, of Sound Beach, and Brian Gulino, 26, of Coram, were fishing on a 16-foot Bayliner about a mile and a half offshore when Gulino ran to the back of the boat to check if his line had a fish, said Joseph Devlin, a marine bureau officer involved in the rescue.

His weight caused water to come over the back of the boat and begin filling it up, Devlin said. The men, who were assisted by good Samaritans also fishing in the area, put out a distress call around 12:38 p.m., Devlin said.

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Devlin and fellow Marine Bureau Officer James Comstock responded to the men, arriving around 12:50 p.m., finding the boat half submerged in water. The officers brought Antino and Gulino onto their boat and towed the Bayliner to the Mount Sinai Marina in Mount Sinai Harbor. Before the officers arrived, the men loaded their belongings onto the boats of nearby fishermen, who dropped their gear off at the marina as well, Devlin said.

There were no injuries. Both men were wearing life jackets.

The waters weren't particularly rough and there was no small craft advisory, Devlin said. There was about a 2-foot swell.

"It's a very popular spot, so there were probably 15 to 20 boats around," Devlin said. "They weren't really in any danger."

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