Two Men Were Tossed Overboard, Third Stayed With Sinking Boat

CENTER MORICHES, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Three fishermen were injured when their boat crashed into a private dock in Center Moriches early Wednesday morning.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, a 31-foot craft rammed a private dock, sending two of the fishermen into the frigid waters.

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The third stayed with the sinking boat.

No one was seriously injured in the incident.

“Oh, they’re very lucky. It could have been a lot worse. The way that they hit the bowl kit and the rate of speed, I assume they were going pretty fast. They’re all very lucky to be in the condition that they are in,” fire chief Ron Primus told Xirinachs. “We do cover a lot of waterways in our fire district and we’ve come across incidents before. This is probably one of the most unusual.”

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Only the man in the partially submerged boat required rescue. He suffered a back injury, authorities said.

The crash was just a freak accident, according to authorities.

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