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Search for missing Babylon boater after capsizing, officials say

A Suffolk Marine Bureau officer on Tuesday, Oct.

A Suffolk Marine Bureau officer on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, with the overturned powerboat at the Fire Island Inlet. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service / AJ Ryan

Rescuers searched Fire Island Inlet overnight for a Babylon man who went missing after a boat with three people capsized Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Along with the Coast Guard and Suffolk police, NYPD divers were at the scene within minutes and looked for the missing boater, 50, under the hull of an overturned 21-foot motorboat, authorities said.

But with no signs of the man, last seen wearing a green shirt and jeans, the search continued past midnight by air and water, the Coast Guard said.

The missing boater and his companions, a Wyandanch man, 36, and an Amityville man, 30, had been fishing when their vessel overturned just west of the Robert Moses Causeway, in between Oak Beach and Robert Moses State Park, the Coast Guard and Suffolk police said.

Someone on a nearby boat, the Dakota, reported the capsizing about 6 p.m. and plucked one victim from the water, Coast Guard fireman Hezekiah Bennett said shortly after 6:15 p.m.

A Coast Guard crew rescued a second man near the capsized recreational vessel, authorities said.

The two victims told authorities their fellow boater had not surfaced, said the Coast Guard, which took the men to its Fire Island station so they could be taken to a hospital.

The two were being evaluated at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, authorities said.

Details on why their boat capsized were not immediately available. The waters had been searched by marine and helicopter crews from the Suffolk police department, NYPD and Coast Guard crews from Fire Island, Jones Beach and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The capsized recreational vessel was towed to the Captree State Park marina in Babylon, the Coast Guard said.

Petty Officer Frank Iannazzo-Simmons, a Coast Guard spokesman, said the agency plans to bolster the search Wednesday morning with a New Jersey-based vessel and a plane with a heat-detecting camera.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information to contact the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s command center at 203-468-4401.


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