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Police investigate Jet Ski found adrift in Reynolds Channel
Search for anyone in the water ends; vehicle may have been stolen

The Nassau County Police Department’s Marine Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search of Reynolds Channel for a possible missing person after police said a Jet Ski was found adrift in the water on Wednesday.

Police said that they received an emergency call at 6:30 a.m., after a commuter on the Long Island Rail Road spotted the unoccupied watercraft in the bay by the Wreck Lead Bridge and contacted police.

“A guy was going to work on the LIRR and he saw a Jet Ski going around in a circles,” said Lt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department.

LBPD contacted Nassau County police, Cregeen said, adding that the county’s marine unit located and identified the owner of the vehicle after checking the watercraft’s registration. The owner’s name was not released, but police said he has been accounted for and is OK. Cregeen said that the owner is a Long Beach resident who docked the vehicle at a marina in Island Park and was at home at the time of the incident.

“The marine bureau went out and located the registered owner,” said Officer James Imperiale, a spokesman for Nassau County police, who added that police were actively searching to make sure no one was in the water.

Police ended the search hours later, and told the Herald that they are no longer searching for anyone in the water.

“It’s looking like it was stolen and just ditched, that’s what it’s looking like right now, but they’re still looking into that,” Imperiale said.

Cregeen said that the ignition on the vehicle was “popped” and may have been tampered with, and that police are trying to determine how the Jet Ski was set adrift and whether it was stolen.

“The last thing [the owner] knows is that he had the Jet Ski docked in Island Park and it was OK when he left it,” Cregeen said.


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The search was conducted by the Long Beach Fire Department. All operations were led by Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Miller. The Freeport Fire Department assisted with their dive team and also the Atlantic Beach Rescue responded with their water rescue team. The author should investigate a little further before writing an article. The current one makes it seem like the police did everything, how about some recognition to the Fire department and members that responded !

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | Report this

The Herald and the Patch are starting points for wanna-be journalists...Unfortunately, many of these so-called journalists haven't been taught to gather facts first...They've been indoctrinated to attack the establishment or to denigrate capitalism or conservatism...So, if the story doesn't have any of these social or political implications they get lost and don't know how to cover a story (ie: this story)...Also unfortunate is that Long Islands paper, Sleezeday, falls into the same trap...But at least the Patch or the Herald have the nads to identify the skin color of a perp while Sleezeday adheres to the indoctrination mantra of 'never, EVER, offend a minority'...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Report this
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