Police: Man says he was adrift on raft for days

May 10, 2011 3:55:39 PM PDT
Police say an armed man found walking on the boardwalk of Jones Beach State Park in New York told them he had been adrift at sea for days in a raft after he was separated from a fishing boat.

The man was being evaluated at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

State Park Police identified him as Pablo Perez, a 47-year-old resident of Flushing, Queens.

Police say a jogger encountered Perez on the boardwalk at about 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, wearing a wet suit under his clothes.

They say Perez told first responders he was carrying a gun. Police seized the gun and discovered it was loaded.

A 9-foot raft was found along the shore. The U.S. Coast Guard told police it had no reports of a missing fishing boat.

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