NASSAU COUNTY, Long Island, N.Y. — A boating accident sent four people overboard on in Nassau County, New York. Two people were saved from the chilly waters, one body was recovered, and the fourth remains missing. The survivors were rescued around 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Suffolk Daily Voice, citing reports from the Nassau County Police Department. The man who died was identified as a 54-year-old man who formerly lived in Farmingdale. The two boaters who survived the ordeal were sent to the hospital for treatment of hypothermia and other injuries. Sadly, the fourth soul remains missing and is presumed dead.
Nassau County Police reported that a 22-foot fishing Angler vessel was caught in rough seas off of Point Lookout near the inlet at Jones Beach. While caught in the choppy water, two large waves pounded the small fishing boat and swamped it. The vessel overturned and tossed all four boaters into the sea.
A 68-foot boat captained by a man and his family were quickly by the side of the capsized fishing boat. The family helped bring a 24-year-old boater and a 26-year-old boater aboard. Both of the young men suffered from hypothermia and has sustained other undisclosed injuries. The crew of the 68-foot boat initiated a search and rescue mission while awaiting the arrival of authorities. A Coast Guard vessel arrived and transported the surviving victims to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The man who died, who was identified as the operator of the doomed vessel, was removed from the Long Island waters with the assistance of the New York City Police Department’s Aviation Dive Team. The Coast Guard transported the captain to a nearby hospital. A physician there declared the man dead around 11:50 a.m.
One member of the stricken vessel remains lost. The Nassau County Marine Bureau took possession of the capsized boat during the investigation.
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