3 people rescued off Long Island after hours in the water

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Three people who drifted away from their boat in the waters off Long Island were rescued after three hours, police said on July 25, 2021. (Credit: SCPD)

BAYPORT, N.Y. — Three people were rescued after spending hours in the water off Long Island, officials said Sunday.

Suffolk County police said they received a distress call from a boater at about 2 a.m. Sunday, reporting three passengers had gone missing in the water.

Police marine bureau officers located the boat about 1 mile offshore in Bayport and searched the area along with other officers in a helicopter.

Three missing people were located about a mile from the boat, where they had drifted while swimming.

Police say they had been in the water for about three hours, and only one wore a flotation device. All three were taken ashore and evaluated by local EMTs.

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