Coast Guard concludes search for other missing mariner

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard concluded the search for a 27-year-old man who was reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip in a canoe near West Haven, Conn., at 12:15 p.m. today.

A body matching the description of the missing man was recovered by a West Haven Fire Department boat crew near Sandy Point, Conn.

The other missing boater, Luis Moreno Hectar, 40, was located on a vessel in the mooring fields of West Haven near New Haven Harbor this morning after flagging down an East Haven Fire Department boat crew with a red t-shirt. Neither of the two men had lifejackets.

A friend of the overdue boater reported that two men left at about 7 p.m. Wednesday for a fishing trip. He reported that one of the overdue boaters called at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night and said their vessel was taking on water. The two men were not reported overdue to the Coast Guard until 6 a.m. today.

Rescue crews from the Branford, Milford, West Haven, West Shore and East Haven Fire Departments, the West Haven and New Haven Police Departments, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew from Milford all participated in the search.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Weather on scene was reported as one to two-foot seas and half a mile visibility.

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