Weather Alert  

BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY * WHAT...Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations of 12 to 16 inches. Winds gusting as high as 55 mph. * WHERE...Southwest Suffolk and Northwest Suffolk Counties. * WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Saturday. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Blizzard conditions are expected Saturday morning into early Saturday afternoon. White out conditions are likely at times.

Officers Assist 4 Men Stranded in a Severe Thunderstorm on the Long Island Sound

LongIsland.com

Marine Bureau officers assisted four men stranded on the Long Island Sound in an open boat during a severe thunderstorm last night.

Print Email

The Suffolk Police Marine Bureau reminds boaters to check the weather forecast before heading out on the water, and make sure that both you and your boat are equipped to handle the forecasted conditions.

Photo by: Jim Goodrich, via Free Images.

Northport, NY - July 2, 2016  - Marine Bureau officers assisted four men stranded on the Long Island Sound in an open boat during a severe thunderstorm last night.

Fermin Ortiz, 39, of Brentwood, and three other adult male passengers left the Soundview Boat Ramp in Northport shortly before 8 p.m. on July 1 for a fishing trip. Once offshore, their engine became disabled and would not start.

Marine Bureau officers Erik Johnson and Gary Quenzer, on patrol in Marine Bravo, were operating in zero visibility conditions during a heavy downpour and lightning when they spotted an unidentified target on radar and approached to investigate. They came upon the four men adrift in a 14-foot 1951 Sea Nymph aluminum boat, attempting to re-start the engine.

As officers brought the police boat alongside to tow the vessel to safe harbor, Ortiz was able to start the engine, and the boat was able to proceed under its own power. The officers guided and escorted the men back to safety at the Soundview Boat Ramp in Northport. The men were uninjured and did not require medical attention.

The Suffolk Police Marine Bureau reminds boaters to check the weather forecast before heading out on the water, and make sure that both you and your boat are equipped to handle the forecasted conditions. Check your safety equipment before you depart, stay up-to-date with the forecast during your trip, and remain alert for changing weather.

At the time of this incident, the National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado watch in for the western Long Island Sound.