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Cops, bystanders rescue woman from water at Captree

Suffolk County police officers, with the help of bystanders, rescued a woman who had fallen off the fishing pier at Captree State Park on Wednesday night, according to police.

Bridgette Luby, 45, of Bay Shore, fell off the pier shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday. Marine bureau officers were dispatched but could not see Luby in the water.

According to Suffolk County police, Officer Joel Nolin and Sgt. Joe Hauswirth, who had also been called to the scene, found Luby hanging onto a piling beneath the pier. The officers climbed under the pier and held onto Luby to prevent the current from dragging her out to sea.

Marine officers where then able to bring their boat close enough to the piling for Luby to be pulled onboard with the help of bystanders, said police.

John Vendetti, 44, of West Islip, who was trying to aid Luby, was also under the pier when officers arrived. He was able to climb out of the water without assistance.

Luby was brought to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where she was being evaluated for possible injuries.

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