Suffolk Marine Bureau officers rescued a Commack man after he jumped from his boat into the water to untangle a fishing line but struggled to stay afloat in the Long Island Sound Sunday, officials said.
Police officials said Russell Giannotti and his wife, Kim Giannotti, had anchored their boat to fish about a mile-and-a-half north of Eatons Neck Point when one of their fishing lines became tangled in the boat’s propeller.
Russell Giannotti jumped into the water to untangle the line, but was unable to get back on the boat because his boarding ladder broke. His wife threw him a life jacket and a rope, but he was unable to put the jacket on while in the water, and soon became entangled in the rescue rope, police said.
A nearby boater saw Giannotti struggling to get out of choppy waters and called 911 at about 4:30 p.m., police said.
Two Suffolk Marine Bureau vessels, a Suffolk County police helicopter, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Huntington Harbormaster Marine 3 responded to the area, police said.
Marine Bureau Section Officers Christopher DeFeo and Anthony Sangimino were the first rescuers on scene, and threw Giannotti a life ring before pulling him onto their boat.
Giannotti was treated for exposure and had minor abrasions, but refused further medical attention, police said. He was eventually reunited with his wife and their boat, police said.