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Dec 10, 2014 12:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Riverhead Man Rescued From SUV In Shinnecock Bay After Water Overtakes Vehicle

Dec 10, 2014 12:48 PM

A Riverhead man had to be rescued from his luxury SUV during Tuesday’s rainstorm after authorities said he drove around barricades on Dune Road and rising floodwaters carried his vehicle into Shinnecock Bay.

Michael Andriole, 63, was heading west on Dune Road in Hampton Bays at around 12:25 p.m. in his 2008 Mercedes-Benz and ignored barricades warning that the road was closed due to the storm, according to Southampton Town Police. He eventually became stuck and called 911 after his vehicle began taking on water and started floating into the bay.

Southampton Town bay constables had to rescue Mr. Andriole from his SUV. He was not injured during the incident, police said.

His vehicle was later towed to shore by Shoreline Towing. No citations were issued, police said.

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No citations were issued-how about being stupid
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Dec 10, 14 1:53 PM
What about letting people know Dune Rd is closed before crossing the bridge.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Dec 10, 14 3:08 PM
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How about sending Andriole a bill for the cost of the rescue and the tow?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Dec 10, 14 4:03 PM
They should have left him there. If your stupid enough to drive around the cones then you get what you deserve. Idiot!
By lifesaver (118), speonk on Dec 10, 14 4:51 PM
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It was a Mercedes Benz SUV, he SHOULD be allowed to go around the cones. Don't you guys know nothing?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 10, 14 6:22 PM
Mr Andriole is certenley at fault , he should'nt have gone around police barricades and definitely not drive through water that deep . I hold the town responsible as well for not securing a barricade that extends the width of the road . I don't think Mr Andriole would have gotten out of his car to remove it just to go for a drive on dune rd . especially in the rain .
By Urit (24), Quogue on Dec 10, 14 11:18 PM
Really? Don't you think the barricade and rising water is enough to let someone know?
Maybe he didn't see the warning on the tv commercial of not to do this at home.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 11, 14 11:40 AM
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How about no matter how fancy your car is, it's wise not to try and use it as a hovercraft.

Take a lesson from some of the locals, Get a lift, some nice tires, and a snorkel.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Dec 10, 14 11:50 PM
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That section of Dune Road is costing the town big money for no reason. It should be shut down and let nature take its course.

Homeowner can use Quogue and WHB Bridge.

Beach goers can use Ponquogue ,
By Summer Resident (251), Southampton N.Y. on Dec 11, 14 11:25 PM
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It takes a special kind of idiot to drive around a barrier into rising water during a freakin nor'easter! If it was during the Summer I wouldn't have been surprised.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Dec 12, 14 7:29 AM
I want to live, Clarence!
By btdt (449), water mill on Dec 15, 14 10:46 PM