Three People Rescued from Water after Boat Catches Fire

CHERRY GROVE – Great South Bay, approximately Two Miles North of Cherry Grove / Saturday, June 6, 2015 at approximately 6:55 p.m.

Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau officers rescued three people from the water after they jumped off their boat that caught fire in the Great South Bay tonight.

Matthew Biagi was operating a 2001 25 foot Chris Craft with two passengers on a trip from Oakdale to Fire Island when they noticed smoke coming from their engine compartment. They attempted to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher but the extinguisher did not work. The three men put on personal flotation devices, jumped overboard and called 911 from a cell phone at approximately 6:55 p.m. The water was approximately 60 degrees.

Suffolk County Police immediately notified the US Coast Guard and Fire Rescue and Emergency Services.



Biagi, 41, of Forest Hills, his brother Joseph Biagi, 40, of Weehawken New Jersey and Richard Damaro, 42, of Forest Hills, were transported by Marine Kilo to Suffolk County Police Marine Bureau Headquarters at Timber Point in Great River, where they were checked by emergency medical personnel from Islip Exchange Ambulance. The three men refused further medical treatment.

The fire was extinguished by fire boats from the Blue Point and Bayport Fire Departments

The vessel was transported to Timber Point for examination by the Arson Squad.

Case Number: RG/2119