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July 12, 2006

Man Missing After Boat Sinks


A 23-foot boat carrying five men capsized in Little Peconic Bay on Saturday. Four men were rescued after an hour in the water but a fifth man, Luis Guambana, 23, of Astoria is still missing and presumed dead.

The five men began a day of fishing off Shelter Island at approximately 9 a.m., from a marina on the North Shore of Long Island. At approximately 11 a.m. the boat began taking on water. The operator of the boat, George Stavrakis of Queens tried to make shore, but was unable to before the boat sank. Four of the men managed to cling to each other and float in the water for almost one hour, but Guambana, who entered the water with a flotation device but could not swim, was not seen again. At press time, the search for Guambana was continuing.

The Southampton Town Police and Bay Constable, the United States Coast Guard, Suffolk County Police Aviation Unit, Southold Town Marine Bureau, Shelter Island Town Police Marine Bureau and a number of local fire departments are conducting the search and the investigation into the accident.

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