2006-05-19 / Front Page

Search On For S.I. Man Who Fell Overboard

By Howard Schwach


The 26-foot Mako fishing boat (background left) that was owned by Michael Bianco sits at the former Coast Guard Station in Breezy Point next to the NYPD launch that towed it in. 
Photo by Doug MacleodThe 26-foot Mako fishing boat (background left) that was owned by Michael Bianco sits at the former Coast Guard Station in Breezy Point next to the NYPD launch that towed it in. Photo by Doug Macleod Authorities continued searching Jamaica Bay on Thursday for a Staten Island boater who is feared dead after he fell overboard Wednesday night into the cold, dark water near the Gil Hodges Marine Parkway Bridge.

The boater, identified as Michael Bianco, 44, of Strobe Avenue in Staten Island, fell overboard at about 8:20 p.m. as his 26-foot Mako fishing boat was anchored near the bridge, police said.

Eyewitnesses who saw the event from the beach at Floyd Bennett Field said they heard the man screaming for help and saw him flailing his arms, adding that they last saw him about 100 feet south of his vessel.

They called 911 and NYPD Harbor and Aviation units quickly began a search for the man that lasted until the early hours of Thursday morning.

The boat was recovered at the bridge and towed to the former Coast Guard Station across from Fort Tilden.

On Thursday morning, NYPD Harbor Unit divers searched Jamaica Bay for Bianco. Photo by Howard Schwach
On Thursday morning, NYPD Harbor Unit divers searched Jamaica Bay for Bianco. Photo by Howard Schwach According to a co-worker who came to the Coast Guard station in the morning, Bianco, a construction worker, had recently purchased the $75,000 craft at a boat show.

At daybreak on Thursday morning, police divers went back into Jamaica Bay looking for Bianco's body. In addition, a police launch and a helicopter worked the area nearby the southern end of the bridge.

Bianco was alone in the boat when he went over the side, police said.

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