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SCPD Marine Bureau Officers Rescue Man Following Boat Crash

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Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued a man who was ejected from his boat this evening.

Michael Greene was operating a 25-foot Grady-White boat when he is believed to have suffered a medical emergency and crashed into the Fire Island Pines bulkhead. He was ejected from the vessel at 5:58 p.m. A good Samaritan jumped into the water and kept Greene afloat until Marine Bureau Officers Joseph Riviello and Anton Fanelli arrived on Marine Juliette.

The officers immediately jumped into the water and started rendering first aid to Greene. A third Marine Bureau officer, Richard Berni, jumped from Marine Kilo to Greene’s boat, which was now unoccupied and traveling in circles. Officer Berni was able to switch the boat into neutral and get back to Marine Kilo before the Grady-White sank.

Greene, 34, of Islip, was taken on Marine Juliette to Timber Point Marina. He was transferred to a Suffolk County Police Aviation Section helicopter and taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. There were no other passengers on the boat and no other injuries.


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