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4 Men Rescued From Sinking Boat

Four New York men were rescued from their sinking boat Saturday morning with help from Westport's Marine Police in Long Island Sound.

At about 9 a.m., the Norwalk Marine Police heard a radio call come in from the occupants of a 25-foot Mako, saying they were taking on water near Westport's Cockenoe Island, Westport Police Capt. Sam Arciola reported. The Westport Marine Unit, the Coast Guard and Sea Tow were called.

When the Norwalk Marine Unit found the sinking boat about three miles south of Cockenoe Island, its back end was submerged in the 40-foot waters. The occupants, who were not harmed, were brought on board the Norwalk police boat and then transferred to the Westport police boat when it arrived. They were later taken to Compo Marina.

The Sea Tow saved the sinking boat, which was hauled to Compo Marina and removed from the water.

According to Arciola, who was aboard the Westport Marine Unit at the time, shifting winds and tides apparently caused the boat's stern to take wind and waves over the back, bringing in water.

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