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Five boaters rescued from overturned boat in Moriches Bay

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The water rescue team with the Center Moriches Fire Department helped rescue five people in Moriches Bay late Sunday after their boat overturned.

Rescuers responding to a 7:08 p.m. distress call found four people standing on a jetty clinging to wood pilings and a fifth person floating in the bay holding onto the jetty, located at the entrance to Orchard Neck Creek, a fire department report said.

Two rescue swimmers reached the five stranded men at the end of the jetty and assisted them aboard the Center Moriches Fire Department boat.

The rescue effort was part of a collaboration among members of the Moriches area’s newly formed Marine Incident Response Team. The multi-agency group is comprised of a special group of firefighters trained to respond to water-based emergencies.

The team includes members from Center Moriches, East Moriches, Eastport, Mastic and Mastic Beach fire departments.

Photos: Facebook / Center Moriches Fire Department