The body of a 39-year-old Long Island, New York, man was pulled from Great South Bay Saturday afternoon after an early morning boat accident.
Christopher Mannino’s body was pulled from under the Robert Moses Bridge around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, several hours after he went missing.
Authorities said Mannino, of West Islip, was one of five passengers on the Silver Bullet, a 38-foot fishing boat, who were invited to the annual Bay Shore Mako fishing tournament.
While they were in the Great South Bay around 4:50 a.m., a 25-foot Skater speedboat smashed into the side of their boat leaving it severely damaged.
Authorities said the pilot of the Skater, 26-year-old Brian Andreski, was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
When officials arrived at the scene of the accident, they found the fishing boat sinking and the Skater upside down.
All of the passengers were accounted for except Mannino. His body was found nine hours later.
Andreski and his passenger were thrown from the Skater into the water. He and his passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Andreski was charged with boating while intoxicated.