Three fisherman saved from sinking boat off Long Island

Men airlifted to hospital
February 13, 2008 8:22:55 AM PST
Three fishermen have been rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from a sinking boat off of Long Island. The Coast Guard says the men were airlifted Wednesday morning to Long Island-MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma. Their conditions were not immediately known.

A Coast Guard spokeswoman says the men radioed that their 38-foot fishing boat called "Green Eyes," was "taking on water" 12 miles off Fire Island Inlet.

The Coast Guard says the severe conditions in the Atlantic Ocean off Fire Island at this time of year made the situation more serious.