Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Larchmont, New York

NEW YORK-The Coast Guard is searching for a man who disappeared from sight when he reportedly fell off his sailboat near Larchmont, New York, around 3:30 p.m., today.

The 20-year old man was training on a sailboat when a squall quickly overtook the area, according to eyewitnesses. An instructor reportedly saw the man fall into the water and threw a flotation device to him, but he disappeared from sight.

The missing boater was reported to have not been wearing a life jacket.

A Coast Guard Station Kings Point, N.Y., rescue boat crew was diverted to the scene, arrived shortly after notification and are actively searching alongside Larchmont Police Department, Mamaroneck Police Department and New Rochelle Police Department assets.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter was also deployed, from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., to aid in the search.

Winds at the time of the incident fluctuated in the range of 20-35 mph.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to take the appropriate safety precautions before and while underway. Weather changes faster than many boaters anticipate at sea – if it looks as if a storm is approaching, boaters should monitor marine band radio for safety advisories and head to the nearest safe haven if necessary. Boaters should always wear life jackets and bring the necessary safety gear for a boating trip: a radio, cellular phone, sound-producing device and flares drastically increases the safety level of a boating trip. Filing a float plan with friends or family that details where you are going and when you plan to be back will allow agencies to respond quickly if you do not return during the expected time.

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