A Flushing man out on a fishing trip with a friend disappeared off Jones Beach Saturday after the boat he was on capsized in high waves, authorities said.
Don Lee, 27, of 32nd Avenue disappeared after the 20-foot boat turned over about a half mile out on the Jones Beach inlet at 12:50 p.m., according to officials with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Salvatore Derise, 40, of Port Jefferson, L.I. who was fishing with Lee, clung to the boat for his life until rescuers picked him up, officials said.
Derise was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was treated for hypothermia and ingested sea water, officials said.
Nearly 24 hours after Derise was rescued, the boat was hauled in after being found southwest of the location where it capsized, said Coast Guard Senior Chief Peter Hocking.
The Coast Guard combed the area in the rain. But as of 4 p.m. Sunday, it had called off the search for Lee.
Unless we get some more information, we do not intend to go back out, Hocking said.
The son of a sexton at the Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Flushing, Lee lived with his parents at a home with a backyard that faces the church, parishioners said.
Lees family had emigrated from Korea and had been influential members of the church for two years, said the Rev. Sang Keun Kim, although Kim pointed out that Lee did not attend the church.
Kim said Lees disappearance had hit all of the congregation hard.
Lees parents were trying to come to terms with the apparent loss of their son, Kim said.
Theyre in agony, he said.
Coast Guard Lt. Marc Sennick said neither Lee nor Derise was wearing a life jacket.
Sennick said the Coast Guard had received reports of breaking surf rising to heights of four to eight feet within the Jones Beach inlet.
Any type of breaking surf is dangerous, Sennick said.
Sennick added that he encouraged boaters to wear life jackets and to be aware of weather conditions.
The Jones Beach inlet on the south shore of Long Island is a common destination for fishing and pleasure boats.
Reach reporter Alexander Dworkowitz by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 141.
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