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Man dead after boat capsizes near Point Lookout, police say

Nassau police, local fire departments and the U.S.

Nassau police, local fire departments and the U.S. Coast Guard search for a missing boater on Saturday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Rescuers recovered the body of a Farmingdale man who went missing Saturday morning after large waves capsized a boat near Point Lookout, tossing him into the water along with three others, police said.

John Costa, 54, the skipper of the 27-foot Angler fishing boat, was pronounced dead just before noon Saturday at a hospital after an NYPD dive team pulled him from the water, Nassau police said. Joseph Sparacio, 55, of Farmingdale remains missing, police said. Two others aboard the boat were rescued by a passing vessel, police said.

Sparacio;s wife, Karen, said in a brief phone interview, "All I know is that they are still looking," declining further comment. 

A distress call came in at 10:15 a.m. Saturday reporting the vessel had capsized in Reynolds Channel, according to Nassau police. Officers from the department's police marine bureau and First Precinct responded along with the U.S. Coast Guard, the NYPD's aviation bureau and multiple local fire departments.

Police said the 2007 fishing boat had been attempting to navigate rough waters and was hit by multiple large waves, overturning the vessel and throwing all four occupants overboard.

A man traveling with his family on a 68-foot boat spotted two of the male passengers, 24 and 26, in the water and helped them aboard the vessel. Both were taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia and non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The capsized boat was removed from the water by the Nassau County Marine Bureau and the incident is being investigated by the Nassau police homicide squad, officials said.

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