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Boater from Selden Still Missing in LI Sound

Riverhead (WALK) - There were several mishaps in the waters of Long Island over the weekend, beginning with the mystery of a missing boat with a Selden man on board.

Riverhead town police report receiving a 911 call around 6 PM Saturday from Ciro Stellges, 59, who was aboard a sinking sailboat in the Long Island Sound. Stellges was headed to Port Washington from the bay waters of Mattituck when his vessel, called MAC, began taking on water, possibly off the shore of Wading River.

Suffolk County Aviation and Marine police combined forces with the U.S. Coast Guard and Riverhead Police divers to search for the MAC, but there's been no sign of the boat since. It's described as a 26-foot-long 1977 C&C fiberglass sailboat.

The Coast Guard is reportedly continuing the search in deeper waters in the Long Island Sound.

Meanwhile, there were two water rescues reported on Sunday. One was off the shore of Copiague, where two men were stranded for 30 hours aboard the sailboat they'd just bought. Luis Cosme and Jose Llanos purchased the boat in Bay Shore on Saturday and were headed home to the Bronx when it ran aground in the Great South Bay about 90 minutes later, near Elder Island.

It wasn't until 4 PM Sunday when someone who lives across from Elder Island noticed the marooned boat and called for help. Cosme and Llanos were rescued around 7 PM and treated for exposure.

Earlier in the day in Southampton, a fisherman was rescued after his boat was spotted drifting across Tiana Bay with no one on board. Southampton Town Police say they found the man, whose name has not been released, standing on top of a fish trap net about 750 feet from shore.

The 60-year-old victim told police that he slipped off the boat while working his traps and wasn't able to get back on board before it drifted away. He was not hurt.

Photo: Coast Guard News


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