Coast Guard assisting with search for missing boater after collision near Fire Island, N.Y.

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is assisting the Suffolk County, N.Y., Police Department in the search for a man who was ejected from a vessel after a collision in the waters near Captree Island, Long Island, N.Y., June 23, 2012.

At approximately 4:50 a.m., the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center in New Haven, Conn., received a report from the police department that a 24-foot twin-hull speedboat with two people on board collided with the 40-foot Silver Bullet, a recreation vessel with five people on board.  The incident occurred on the west side of the Robert Moses Causeway near Captree Island.

Upon collision, one man from the Silver Bullet was ejected.  The twin-hull speedboat overturned, sending the two people aboard into the water.  The ejected passenger from the Silver Bullet went under and did not resurface, according to reports.  He was reportedly not wearing a lifejacket.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.  A nearby Suffolk County fireboat arrived on scene and rescued the passengers from the overturned twin-hull vessel.  They were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, N.Y., and treated for minor injuries.

The rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island and a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew continue to assist Suffolk County crews in their search for the ejected man.

“This is an unfortunate example of an incident where a warning went unheeded: Always wear your lifejacket,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Rob Andrews, an operations specialist with the Coast Guard Command Center in New Haven.

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