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Port Authority boat repaired in time to rescue airport workers

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Fox 5 learned exclusively that Port Authority police in a specially equipped boat rescued three workers at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday night from the treacherous waters. The boat was the same one that went back in the water after Fox 5 found it sitting in a parking lot.

The $400,000 high-tech boat is back where it belongs: patrolling the bay around LaGuardia Airport. Sources told Fox 5 the boat was there for more than a month because it needed repairs. Our report in August had the security world buzzing.

But now the boat is back in service and saving lives.

The Port Authority said Police Officers Joe Ernst and Brian Parker braved 50-knot winds, driving rain, and zero visibility to save three workers out during the storm fixing runway lighting.

Paul Nunziato, the president of the union that represents Port Authority police officers, said "last night's dramatic water rescue is the direct result of Congressman Peter King's concerns of airport perimeter security issues and the investigative reports by Fox 5 News."

The Port Authority said the men were checked by paramedics at the airport and had no injuries. The police officers are doing fine. The Port Authority said the officers showed bravery in the face of life-threatening conditions.

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