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Fisherman rescued after kayak sinks in LI Sound, police say

Suffolk County police rescued a man whose kayak sank in the Long Island Sound off East Setauket on Friday night.

Police said someone called 911 about 10:15 p.m. reporting a stranded boater calling for help in the water near the lighthouse at the end of Old Field Road.

The man had gone night fishing in his kayak, but the outrigger began taking on water and sank. He was not wearing a life vest and did not have a cellphone, Suffolk police said in a news release.

Officers heard a man in the water calling for help and asked for a police helicopter to light the area for a search and rescue. Police saw a man swimming about 100 feet from shore, but the rocky coastline kept marine units from reaching him, police said.

Suffolk Officer John Roy took off his police vest and swam to the kayaker, placing him in a lifeguard hold and pulling him to the beach, police said.

Setauket firefighters and paramedics examined the man, who walked away without any medical treatment, police said.


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