A Long Island man has been arrested after failing to call the police after his friend fell overboard while they were boating in the Great South Bay, looking for him for four hours before finally calling 911. George Abazis fell overboard on Wednesday afternoon, and Antonio Toumbas refused to let his girlfriend call police, insisting instead on searching for Abazis himself. Suffolk County Police say it is because Toumbas wanted to avoid being charged with a sixth DWI. By the time police administered a breathalyzer test, his BAC was .04.

Abazis was recovered by police at 8 p.m., after Abazis' girlfriend, Patricia Nelson, called the police once the boat returned to the South Shore Marina. Abazis was located off the Patchogue River, clinging to a crab trap. When asked if he was upset that Toumbas didn't initially call police, he told Newsday (subscription required), "He is a good friend. No, I am not upset. He came out and couldn't find me, then my girlfriend called police."

Toumbas pleaded not guilty to reckless endangerment in the first degree and was held on $25,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. His friend told the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) that his daughters' mother, his ex-wife, died unexpectedly last week from natural causes. He said, "It's sad for the two kids. They lost their mother last week and now their father's in jail."