Three rescued from Great South Bay boat fire south of Great River


Three people escaped a boat fire before by hopping aboard a good Samaritan’s nearby vessel in the Great South Bay Saturday morning, police said.

The drama began to unfold around 9:30 a.m., as black smoke from a boat billowed into the air from the middle of the bay with officers from the Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau en route.

Police arrived to the scene at 9:43 a.m. about a mile south of Timber Point County Park in Great River, where they found three men on another boat whose owner had welcomed them to safety.

The officers also found a 2014 Rodma cruiser that was “fully engulfed,” police said.

The captain and two passengers who had abandoned the burning boat were identified as David Collins of East Patchogue, Michael Flemming of Farmingville and Inshaw Khan of Shirley.

The three men were all transferred to a Marine Bureau boat while another marine officer deployed fire suppression hoses to extinguish the flames.

There were no injuries reported due to the fire. The boat was impounded.

East Islip, Bayport, and Great River fire departments also responded, police said.

— Suffolk County Police Department courtesy photos.

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