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Cops: 3 injured as boat hits Moriches bulkhead

Suffolk County police at the scene of boat

Suffolk County police at the scene of boat accident near Crystal Beach Boulevard. Two of three fishermen aboard were thrown into the water, a police spokeswoman said. (Dec. 4, 2013) Credit: James Carbone

Three fishermen received minor injuries when their fishing boat struck a bulkhead near a Moriches residence, Suffolk County police said.

A 31-foot Contender twin-engine motorboat with a center console ran up on a private dock near Crystal Beach Boulevard about 5:35 a.m. yesterday, throwing one of the three fishermen aboard into the water, the Center Moriches fire chief said.

One fisherman had what appeared to be a minor back injury and was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, a police spokeswoman said.

He was described as alert and responsive at the crash site, the spokeswoman said.

A second man also went to the hospital with minor injuries; the third refused medical attention, police said. Authorities had not identified the men.

Chief Ron Primus of the Center Moriches Fire Department said the men were coming from Poospatuck Indian Reservation in Mastic, which is across the inlet and north of where the accident occurred. He said that in the low light, the men had likely misnavigated. Two men remained onboard when firefighters arrived, Primus said, and one had been thrown but made his way to land.

The owners of the dock were not available to comment, but neighbors said the sound of the crash was loud enough to wake them up, even five to six houses down the street.

"There was this bang, and I had no idea what had happened -- but then the emergency vehicles started to show up and they brought out a guy on a stretcher," said Thom Traynor, 64, who lives three houses away from where the crash happened.

The accident remains under investigation.

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