Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued two boaters in the Great South Bay Friday afternoon after their boat lost power less than a mile north of Fire Island Pines, Suffolk County police said.

The boaters—a 37-year-old Captain from Wantagh and his crew member—were a half-mile from the pines when they called 911 at 1:17 p.m. requesting help because their 38-foot lobster-style boat had last engine power and was getting tossed around by gale force winds and five-foot waves, police said.

Officers found the boat and attached a tow line to the vessel and towed it three miles to Brown’s River, police said. The boat is typically used to transfer workers to and from Fire Island Pines.

The captain and his crew member were not injured.



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