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Old 09-04-2013, 12:07 PM
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Default Police investigate Jet Ski found adrift in Reynolds Channel

he Nassau County Police Department’s Marine Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard are conducting 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. Cregeen said that the owner is a Long Beach resident who docked the vehicle at a marina in Island Park. The owner’s name was not released, but police said he has been accounted for and is OK.

“The marine bureau went out and located the registered owner, and they’re still actively searching to make sure no one is in the water,” said Officer James Imperiale, a spokesman for Nassau County police.

Cregeen said that the ignition on the vehicle was “popped,” and that police are trying to determine how the Jet Ski was set adrift and whether it may have been 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. “At this point, we don’t have any missing persons, but the marine bureau and Coast Guard are doing an active search for a possible operator.”
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