Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker near Smithtown Bay, N.Y.

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard is searching for a missing man in the vicinity of the Nissequogue River, near Smithtown Bay, N.Y.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., watchstanders overheard a Good Samaritan reporting he had recovered a child from the water in the vicinity of the Nissequogue River at approximately 3 p.m. The 5-year-old child was wearing a lifejacket and told the rescuers his father went under the water and did not resurface.

Sector Long Island Sound issued an urgent marine information broadcast on VHF channel 16 and launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y., and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., to search for the missing man.

Emergency responders have found a capsized kayak in the vicinity of the incident.

“Thankfully the boy was wearing his lifejacket and a Good Samaritan was in the area to recover him,” said John Olsen, the Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer on watch during the incident. “Our responders are working hard to find this boy’s father.”

Suffolk County marine and air assets are also searching.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to wear a life jacket at all times while on the water, whether boating commercially or recreationally, no matter the size of the vessel.

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