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Ronkonkoma man who fell into Shinnecock Inlet meets rescuers

Robert Biangazza, middle, of Ronkonkoma shows how he

Robert Biangazza, middle, of Ronkonkoma shows how he was casting off of this jetty on the Shinnecock Inlet when he slipped and fell into the rough surf last Monday, May 9, 2016. Carl Rohn, 59, left, of Hampton Bays called 911 and with the help of Southampton bay constable Alfred Greenwald, right, they put a rope around Biangazza if pulled him out of the surf. They gathered at the jetty this morning, May 16, 2016. Photo Credit: John Roca

A fisherman who slipped from a jetty and fell into the cold waters of Shinnecock Inlet was reunited Monday morning with those who came to his aid.

The rescue was “a true miracle – a true miracle,” said Robert Biangazza, 56, of Ronkonkoma, described in a News 12 Long Island interview as a disabled Marine. He thanked those involved as they gathered by the jetty where the rescue took place a week ago.

Biangazza had been fishing on the inlet’s west jetty when he slipped and fell on the rocks while casting his line, according to Southampton Town police.

A good Samaritan heard him screaming, the News 12 report said. Biangazza was clinging to the jetty, the lower half of his body in the rough surf, police said, when Carl Rohn, 59, of Hampton Bays helped hold him in place and called for help.

Southampton Bay Constables Al Tuzzolo and Alfred Greenwald were able to secure and rescue Biangazza, using a safety line, police said.

Biangazza was treated for minor cuts and bruises by a crew from Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance.

“They pulled me up like champions,” Biangazza said, and “everybody just came together.”

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