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Holtsville man’s body found after boat capsizes, cops say

Suffolk police said they found one person dead in the waters of Port Jefferson Harbor on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, after they responded to a 911 call of a boat that had capsized. (Credit: James Carbone)

Suffolk police and U.S. Coast Guard officials said an 80-year-old Holtsville man is dead — and the search continues for another missing man — after a boat capsized in Port Jefferson Harbor Tuesday afternoon.

The body of Charles Petrie was pulled from the water in Long Island Sound, just west of the Port Jefferson Channel, police said.

But U.S. Coast Guard officials said the search for the missing man, James Bilello, 74, of Bay Shore, who went fishing with Petrie earlier in the day, was continuing.

Homicide detectives were investigating.

Police and Coast Guard officials said they were called to the scene after a 911 call reporting an overturned boat shortly after 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard officials discovered Petrie’s unresponsive body in the waters and retrieved it, and Suffolk police Marine Bureau officers recovered the 20-foot Aquasport center console, a recreational vessel, but there was no sign of Bilello, officials said.

Coast Guard officials said that they have sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, a Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck smallboat crew and a Coast Guard Station New Haven smallboat crew to participate in the search. The crews of Coast Guard Cutters Penobscot Bay and Tiger Shark were scheduled to arrive by midnight.

Suffolk County police Marine and Aviation units were also on the scene.

No further information was available Tuesday night.

CORRECTION: The name of the missing man, James Bilello, was misspelled in an earlier version of this story.

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