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Sea Rescue for LI Angler Adrift for An Hour

A man who fell overboard while fishing alone a mile off Long Island’s southern coast thought he might drown as he drifted in the frigid sea for an hour. sirens19-300x300

John Signer of Holbrook was treated for severe hypothermia after his limbs went numb.

He fell from his boat off Moriches Inlet while trying to untangle a fishing line from his propeller


A private pilot spotted him in the water and radioed for help.

Two boats rushed to the rescue, one skippered by a tug boat captain, the other by a Manhattan lawyer who was on shore at his beach home in Westhampton when a neighbor told him about the fisherman in distress.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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