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Officers rescue two men after boat capsized on Long Island

Richard Laskowski and Donald Ward Jr. aboard Marine Juliet after being rescued. 

PATCHOGUE, Long Island — Two men were rescued in Patchogue after they drifted more than two miles away from their capsized boat, according to the Suffolk Police Department.

Officers said 71-year-old Richard Laskowski and Donald Ward Jr., 58, told police they had been drifting in the water for over an hour after their boat capsized.

A Davis Park ferry captain radioed Marine Bureau officers after he noticed an overturned and unoccupied catamaran sailboat near Patchogue River Buoy One at around 3:40 p.m.

Marine Officers Robert Jenkins and Steven Tarolli responded to the call and located the two men, pulling them aboard their rescue boat at approximately 3:57 p.m.

Both men were wearing personal floatation devices and were not injured.