An NYPD cop was identified Friday as the man killed in a bizarre boating accident in which the craft took off from Long Island’s Great South Bay and crashed into a West Fire Island home .
Authorities identified the dead as Phillip Sanzano, 47, of Bellport, LI — and law enforcement sources told the Post the victim was an officer who worked in the 83rd Precinct of Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Sanzano was an 18-year veteran of the department and previously served in the US military, sources said.
It remains unclear what led to Thursday’s crash, which left the 30-foot Wellcraft center console boat lodged in the deck of a home around 7:35 a.m., the county police department said Friday. of Suffolk.
The other occupant of the boat, Christopher Cannella, 47, called 911 to report that he and Sanzano were on board when the craft ran aground and flew into the house, coming to rest upside down.
It was not immediately clear who was driving the boat at the time.
Sanzano was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities brought Cannella, a West Babylon native, to South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore with non-life-threatening injuries, cops said.
“I feel for the families,” said John Scherger, a neighbor who lives near the house.
“I’m praying it’s not a foul play. I’m praying it’s just an accident. I don’t know. I’m just praying for positive things.
Authorities said two men left before dawn to go fishing on Thursday morning. It is not known from which anchorage they left.
The Islip Fire Department said the boat appeared to be moving very quickly just before the crash.
Cops said the boat should have taken off and landed where it did.
Nobody in the damaged house at the time of the accident.
Detectives from Suffolk County Police’s Third Squad are investigating.