An 85 year-old commercial fisherman from East Quogue died when the boat he was on capsized after being hit by large waves in the Shinnecock Inlet near Hampton Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Southampton Town Polcie said Stian Stiansen was found on the beach on the east side of the inlet near where the 45-foot trawler, Pauline, came to rest on the sand at around 2 p.m.

A nearby Sea Tow boat captain pulled another fisherman, 42-year-old Scott Finne of Eastport, from the water while Finne was clinging to a flotation device.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Shinnecock dispatched a boat crew to assist Southampton police, a Suffolk County police helicopter and local fire departments that aided in the search.

Stiansen was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He and Finne were returning from a fishing voyage that began in the early morning hours Sunday.

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The Coast Guard will remove the boat and continue the investigation into the cause of the incident along with Southampton police.

The fatality came less than a week after the Suffolk County Legislature declared May 18-24 “Safe Boating Week” in the county as a part of a national program to raise awareness to the dangers of boating.



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