Swimmer Reported Missing in East Hampton Hid During Rescue Effort, Cops Say

The man — Chevy Chase's son-in-law, according to Curbed Hamptons — was reported missing during search for woman who went overboard off Montauk.

While rescuers searched for a woman whose husband said she fell overboard from their boat off Montauk in the early hours Monday, other rescuers combed the waters off East Hampton for another missing person.

But the man, who reportedly went missing after he took a swim in front of the Maidstone Club, turned up a two hours later — found hiding in the bushes at his East Hampton house, village police said on Monday.

According to East Hampton Village police, at 12:38 a.m. a 911 caller reported a 27-year-old man went into the ocean at Egypt Beach, hadn't been seen since and may be in distress.

"An extensive search of the ocean, beach and surrounding area was conducted by East Hampton Village police, Suffolk County police aviation, the East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Fire Department and East Hampton Ocean Rescue team," the village said in a statement Monday.

After the man was found at about 2:40 a.m., he was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. According to the incident report, he told police that after he went for a swim, he walked home without letting anyone know. He told police he was depressed, they said.

Curbed Hamptons reported Monday that the man was a son-in-law of the actor Chevy Chase, who has a house in East Hampton. Curbed said the man had been drinking and took off all his clothes before running into the surf.

Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen declined to comment on that report, as police are not releasing the man's name.

The man's 30-year-old spouse was listed on the report. She gave two addresses — one on Egypt Close, and another in Bedford Corners, where Chase owns a house.

Around the same time the man was reported missing, rescuers were starting their search for 40-year-old Ninive Petrocelli, who reportedly fell overboard a boat that was anchored off Montauk.

Larsen said he didn't know whether any of the resources employed to search for the man in East Hampton could have been used to search for Petrocelli, whose body was found later Sunday morning.

"I can't really say it was a waste because the guy was suffering from something," Larsen said.

The Coast Guard sent boats and rescue helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and commercial and sport fishing vessels also helped in the search.
Jimmy King September 27, 2013 at 09:50 AM
No you don't. The "victim" claimed she kneed the alleged rapist in the groin. The alleged rapist denies it. Burke repeated his clients claim, and you called him a liar and a disgusting person, for repeated what his client said Because you "know" and he doesn't please stop Martha
Gabe Gonsalves September 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM
MNassauer - in reference to your comment on 9-26-13 @ 03:23 PM - it's not that he is fascinated with you (my you have a big head) - it's that he is fascinated that he has hit the nail on the head in figuring out your true colors! You too have made untrue statements on various forum boards which are public...like the time you wrote you were out in CA and witnessed a disagreement and someone who was there called you out on it.
Martha Nassauer September 27, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Your interest in my blog history is flattering.
Bill Walsh December 04, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I was thinking of asking Burke to represent me when I got arrested for drunk driving, too. But at the time, I was under investigation for fraud, and didn't need the publicity.
Gabe Gonsalves December 05, 2013 at 09:01 AM
@BW..the more I read this I do not think you are who you say you are.............no sane person would put in writing what you did above. Oh well maybe it is someone who just has a bone with Burke.


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