It took more than eight hours but they finally found him.
A Suffolk County police diver found the body of Christopher Mannino, 39, of West Islip, Saturday afternoon in the Great South Bay. He was discovered about 1:30 p.m., after he was thrown from a fishing boat early Saturday morning, police confirm.
The Marine Bureau "... received a distressed call on the radio regarding a boat crash that occurred under the Robert Moses main span bridge at approximately 4:50 a.m." according to the department.
Mannino was one of five people on a 38-foot Hatteras heading to the Bayshore Mako Tournament. That's when investigators say a 25-foot Skater, operated by Dix Hills resident Brian Andreski, crashed into the fishing boat. The speedboat overturned and Andreski, 26, and his passenger were thrown into the water; Mannino went overboard but did not surface.
"It was terrible to hear the news on the way out," said Mike Ferrugiari, a fisherman in the tournament. All the men on his boat heard the radio calls.
Police say Andreski has been charged with Boating While Intoxicated. He and his passenger were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.
Edited By Michelle RobinsonCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times