3 Men Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off Long Island

Three men were rescued from the chilly waters off the Long Island coast Saturday after their boat caught fire, police said.

The 25-foot Chris-Craft boat was in Great South Bay, about two miles north of Cherry Grove, when the three men on board noticed smoke coming from the boat's engine compartment. They attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher but the extinguisher wouldn't work.

Matthew Biagi, 41, of Forest Hills, and his two passengers put on life jackets, jumped overboard and called 911 just before 7 p.m., Suffolk County police said

They were pulled from the water by police about 15 minutes later and treated for hypothermia. The boat was extinguished by fire boats from the Blue Point and Bayport fire departments.

The boat was then turned over to an arson squad for examination.

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