2 Dead After Boat Capsizes in Long Island Sound

Two men were found dead after their boat capsized in the Long Island Sound off the coast of Port Jefferson, Suffolk County police said.

A boater alerted the U.S. Coast Guard that there was an overturned 20-foot Aquasport center console in the Sound just west of the Port Jefferson Channel at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Coast Guard officials responded and recovered the body of Charles Petrie, 80, of Holtsville.

Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers also responded and helped the Coast Guard find James Bilello, 73, of Bay Shore, near the lighthouse at the end of Old Field Road in Old Field on Wednesday morning.

Marine Bureau officers impounded for a safety check. Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

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