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Man in rowboat rescued in Long Island Sound, cops say

A distressed boater fighting wind and waves in Long Island Sound Sunday night was helped to safety by bay constables and police from the Town of Southold, police said.

Police in a news release said they received a report shortly before 8 p.m. of a man in a small rowboat near Goldsmith’s Inlet struggling to get to shore.

Responding officers said they could see the man but visibility was poor because of rain, fog and roughs.

Southold Town bay constables were guided to the rowboat by officers offshore just before dark.

The boater, Angel Rodriguez, 26, of Mattituck, was pulled aboard by bay constables and taken back to Mattituck, police said. He was not injured.

Because of deteriorating weather conditions and lightning, the 12-foot aluminum row boat was left adrift, police said.

Police said that the Coast Guard also was notified about the boat being left to drift.

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