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Long Island teen jumps from ferry, faces possible $25K fine

FIRE ISLAND, NY - SEPTEMBER 2: The Fire Island Express heads to Fire Island Pines from Sayville at sunset on September 2, 2005 on the Fire Island Ferry off the coast of Long Island in New York. Ferry service to Fire Island began in 1856; passengers could take the Long Island Railroad from Brooklyn to Thompson (now Brentwood), get a stage to Islip, and get on the waiting ferry. Nearly 150 years later, transportation to Fire Island is basically the same. Although there are more ferries from different locations, you do have to take a ferry to get to most parts of Fire Island. Fire Island, which is the only developed barrier island in the United States without roads, is located 45 minutes outside of New York City, just a 30 minute ferry ride across the Great South Bay. Fire Island is a premier getaway spot for families and friends. Sand dune beaches rollout into the Atlantic Ocean on the south side of the island, while the north side has dining and bars overlooking the bay. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Police arrested a Long Island teen who jumped from a moving Fire Island ferry Monday night. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

LONG ISLAND — Police arrested a Long Island teen after he jumped from a moving Fire Island ferry Monday night, officials said.

The 17-year-old faces up to 15 days in jail and a possible $25,000 fine for his leap from the 80-foot Fire Island Belle around 10:20 p.m., police said.

The ferry was approaching the Bay Shore ferry terminal when the teen jumped ship into Penataquit Creek, officials said. The ferry captain waited until the boat was safely docked, guided the teen to a ladder and then detained him until police arrived.

Marine Bureau officers and the U.S. Coast Guard both charged the teen, police said. Marine police charged him with disorderly conduct, punishable by up to 15 days in jail. The U.S. Coast Guard  charged the teen with interfering with the safe operation of a vessel, a civil charge punishable by a fine of up to $25,000.

Police are not releasing the teen’s name. He was uninjured and is awaiting arraignment.

There were 60 passengers and three crew members on board at the time of the incident, police said. No injuries have been reported.