A Riverhead man whose vehicle was floating into the bay off Dune Road in Hampton Bays was rescued by Southampton Town bay constables Tuesday afternoon.

Southampton Town Police said Michael Andriole, 63, called 911 yesterday at 12:25 p.m. after his 2008 Mercedes SUV became stranded on a flooded Dune Road. He told police his vehicle was sinking and floating into the bay.

Police said Andriole had driven his vehicle around “road closed” police barricades and attempted to go west on Dune Road, which had been closed due to severe flooding during yesterday’s nor’easter, according to a police press release. Andriole’s vehicle became disabled and began to float.

The Southampton Town bay constables were first to arrive on scene and assisted Andriole from his vehicle, police said. The Hampton Bays Fire Department and the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance also responded. There were no injuries in the incident, police said.

Andriole’s vehicle was removed from the bay by Shoreline Towing.

Police said there was no criminality involved.

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Denise Civiletti
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