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Watercraft rider rescued in Long Beach, officials say

A man on a personal watercraft who may have run aground on a sandbar during low tide Thursday night was rescued off the waters near Lido Beach and Point Lookout, officials said.

The unidentified man, who Lido Beach-Point Lookout Fire Chief Daniel Wiener said was in his 20s, called for help at about 8:30 p.m. when he got stuck on a sandbar about a quarter mile offshore and in the marshes.

"It appeared that he ran aground due to the tide," said Wiener, who was commander of the multiagency operation, adding that as many as 50 firefighters and first responders, including the Wantagh, Freeport and Long Beach fire departments and Nassau County Police Department Marine Bureau and bay constables, responded to the incident.

"The individual was rescued successfully without any injuries and the operation was concluded," Wiener said, adding that all agencies returned to their bases at about 9:30 p.m. "Nobody got hurt. There was a lot of manpower and he survived."

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