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NYPD saves sailor stranded on boat without food or fuel

He heard the call of the sea, but it was very nearly his funeral dirge.

An unprepared sailor needed a rescue from the NYPD Sunday morning after he found himself stranded for days with no food, no fuel and a ripped sail, police sources said.

A fisherman noticed 39-year-old Paul Sayre’s boat in distress about five nautical miles off Rockaway Point in Queens at about 9:45 a.m. and called police.

NYPD rescued a disabled sailboat with a torn sail on October 1, 2017.

NYPD rescued a disabled sailboat with a torn sail on October 1, 2017.

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NYPD Harbor Unit officers found the bearded boatman dehydrated but otherwise healthy. Cops believe he was adrift for four days, police sources said.

The sailor was en route to Manhattan from Fire Island when he ran out of gas, sources said.

His cellphone battery died and he had no radio, sources said.

Sayre told cops he was living full-time aboard the vessel, but he had just bought it and hadn’t given it a proper name, sources said.

“Apparently he had no business being out there,” said a police source.

His rescuers towed the boat to the Marine Basin Marina in Gravesend, cops said, and medics took him to Coney Island Hospital in stable condition.

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