Coast Guard, multiple agencies search for missing boater near Milford, Conn.

NEW YORK – The U.S. Coast Guard and multiple agencies are searching for a missing boater whose vessel was found two miles south of Charles Island near Milford, Conn., around 4:20 p.m. today.

Reported to be missing is Raymond Callan, 57, of Fairfield, Conn.

Callan’s boat was found under power without anyone onboard and doing circles by the crew of the vessel Carpe Diem, who contacted the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Station New Haven diverted a 41-foot response boat crew and launched a 25-foot response boat crew to search the area where the boat was located. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a rescue helicopter crew and the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, homeported in Sandy Hook, N.J., are also conducting searches.

The Milford Police and Fire Departments have a total of three response boat crews also conducting a water search. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is also assisting with the search.

“We are working very closely with our state and local partners to try and locate the missing individual,” said Lt. Seth Parker, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sounds’ command duty officer. “The Coast Guard cannot stress enough the importance of filing a float plan with a friend or loved one in the event that you fall overboard and cannot call for help. Having a marine radio, cell phone and a lifejacket can also improve your chances of being found.”

Weather on scene was reported as 10 mile-per-hour winds and two-foot seas.

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