GLEN COVE - Police say a cellphone is credited with helping to save the lives of three teens stranded at sea.

Thalia Rodriguez, 17, and her two friends went paddle boating off Pryibil Beach in Glen Cove Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say strong currents carried the boat out into the middle of Long Island Sound as the boat started taking on water.

Rodriquez's phone was the only one that had a signal.

Glen Cove Harbor Patrol and Fire Department rescued the girls.

Rodriguez says she almost left her cellphone on the beach, but decided last minute to take it.