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Letter: Man left in boat had few choices

NYPD Harbor unit works to recover the body

NYPD Harbor unit works to recover the body of a man that fell of a boat near East Rockaway Inlet. Nassau County Marine Bureau and Detectives are on the scene. The body has been brought into the Atlantic Beach Fire Rescue dock were NCPD crime scene is investigating. (Aug. 10, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

Prosecuting Janusz Sowa, the homeless man who was charged with boating while intoxicated, is a travesty and a waste of taxpayer money ["Cops ID body as boater's," News, Aug. 12].

If this guy were gainfully employed, he'd be home with his family mourning the loss of his friend, Stanislaw Nawrocki. Sowa would have everyone's sympathy.

Simply being intoxicated is not a crime, and no one has accused him of being disorderly. Once Nawrocki allegedly fell off the boat -- which is not really that rare -- and a passing vessel rebuffed his hails, Sowa had no option but to operate the boat.

John Caldwell, Ronkonkoma