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Marine cops rescue two from Great South Bay

Suffolk County police marine bureau officers rescued two men Friday afternoon in the Great South Bay off East Patchogue -- one whose water scooter overturned and the other who came to his aid.

Sazlul Kabiri, 22, of Queens, was on his water scooter at 1:51 p.m., about 300 yards south of Swan Creek, when it overturned, Suffolk police said in a news release.

Jeffrey Wetzel, 41, of East Patchogue, was on the beach at the time and "heard Kabiri shouting in the bay and swam out to him on a boogie board," police said. "The two men waded in the water and began shouting for help."

Marine bureau officers Robert Femia, Christian Schnoor and Robert Jenkins, in a police boat, responded to a 911 call of distressed swimmers and pulled the men from the water, police said.

Kabiri was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of undisclosed injuries, police said. Wetzel was not injured.

In the news release, police did not say whether either man was wearing a life jacket.

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