* This story was updated at 12:13 a.m. on 9.4.13.
The Nassau County Police Department’s Marine
Bureau and the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a possible missing person in Reynolds
Channel after an unmanned Jet Ski was found circling the waters in the bay early
Lt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the Long Beach Police Department, told Patch that a commuter on the Long Island Rail Road, at about 6:30 a.m., spotted the runaway Jet Ski in the bay, near the Wreck Lead Bridge. The LBPD notified the county Marine Bureau about the incident.
“The marine bureau was able to get the Jet Ski under control,” said Cregeen,
who said that the investigators determined that the watercraft’s ignition was
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Police tracked the Jet Ski’s registration number back to its owner, a Long Beach resident, who docks it in Island Park near Pop’s, a restaurant-bar on the bay.
“We got a hold of the registered owner and he was fine, and the last time he saw the Jet Ski it was intact,” Cregeen said. “ … As far as he knew it was safely docked at port.”
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Cregeen said the Marine Bureau and Coast Guard were continuing their search for a possible operator of the Jet Ski.