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Cops: Men flee after crashing boat into Long Island jetty

A Suffolk County police helicopter searches near the Great South Bay in Blue Point early Monday after two men crashed their boat into a jetty and then fled the scene.
Photo courtesy of Chris Boccabella

Suffolk County Police are questioning two men after they allegedly crashed their boat into a jetty in the Great South Bay and then fled the Blue Point crash scene.

Police responded to a 911 call around 4 a.m. reporting a boat had struck a jetty just south of Namkee Lane in Blue Point. When officers arrived, they found the boat, a 2004 21-foot Maverick vessel, but no one else in sight.

The boat’s occupants, Jarett Brownie, 32, of Patchogue and Thomas Gamble, 32, of Florida, were found on a private dock nearby. Police said they had fled the crash scene and then climbed to shore. They were located after a search by the police canine unit and patrol officers.

Brownie, authorities said, had suffered a head wound and Gamble broke his foot during the crash. Both men were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment and were being questioned by police.

Investigators are now trying to determine who was driving the boat when it crashed. The vessel, which suffered serious damage, has been impounded by police.

Anyone with information is asked to call Fifth Precinct officers at 631-854-8526 or anonymously call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.