Homicide Detectives are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred on Sunday, May 2, 2020, at 10:14 am at the Jones Beach inlet at Point Lookout.
According to detectives, the Marine Bureau responded to the Jones Beach inlet for a capsized vessel with four people in the water. The United States Coast Guard, Nassau County First Precinct, New York City Police Aviation Bureau, and multiple Fire Departments assisted with search and rescue efforts. Upon arrival it was determined a 2007 22-foot Angler fishing boat had been attempting to navigate rough water and was hit by multiple large waves, overturning the vessel and throwing all four occupants overboard.
Shortly thereafter, a male traveling west with his family on a 68-foot vessel spotted two male passengers in the water. The male civilian and his family assisted both victims, 24, and 26 years old, recovering them from the water, while initiating search and rescue efforts prior to police arrival. Both males were transported to an area hospital by The United States Coast Guard and area Fire Departments for hypothermia and non-life-threatening injuries. The male operator, 54, of the capsized vessel was eventually removed from the water by the New York City Police Aviation Dive Team and also transported by The United States Coast Guard to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:52 am by a staff physician. The search and rescue efforts continue for the fourth male passenger, 55.
The boat was recovered and removed from the scene by Nassau County Marine Bureau and the investigation is ongoing.
Details by: D/Lt. Fitzpatrick/Homicide Squad 05/03/20/0100/8834
The above listed victim has been identified as John Costa, 54, of Farmingdale.
Details by:D/Lt. Fitzpatrick/Homicide Squad 05/03/20/0300/8834