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Cops probe death of boater in Bellport Bay

Police are investigating the death of an East Patchogue boater who was found floating late Thursday morning in Bellport Bay.

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of Steven Maichen, 55, but said there appears to be no foul play, police said.

Maichen was found at 11:15 a.m. near his boat, about three-quarters of a mile southeast of Bellport Dock and Marina, and was taken by county marine bureau officers to the dock, where he was pronounced dead, Suffolk County police said.

Police said it appeared that Maichen had been having engine trouble with his boat, as its engine's protective covering was removed and found inside the vessel.

His body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy, police said.

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