Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker south of Stratford, Conn.

NEW YORK – Coast Guard and partner agency crews are searching for a possible person in the water near Stratford, Connecticut, Monday.

Missing is Gregory Blanco, 41, from Northport, New York.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders received a call Monday at approximately 8:30 a.m., from a good Samaritan reporting an unmanned red, 14-foot, one person kayak north of Stratford Shoal Middle Ground.

Sector Long Island Sound issued an urgent marine information broadcast on VHF-channel-16 and launched a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Haven and Eatons Neck.

The boatcrews arrived on scene and located the kayak with personal items onboard. Markings on the kayak and the position it was found in suggested the owner departed out of the Northport, New York area.

Suffolk County Police Department officials located Blanco’s vehicle at the Soundview Boat Ramp Marina in Northport.

If anyone has any information about the owner of the kayak and their possible location please contact Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center at: (203) 468-4421.

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