Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters

NEW YORK- Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for two men who were reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip in their canoe near West Haven, Conn.  Reportedly missing are 40 year-old Luis Moreno Hectar and an unidentified 27 year-old male.

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

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven was launched at 6:15 a.m. and is searching the west and east banks of New Haven Harbor, an area spanning about five miles, where the men were reported fishing. Rescue crews from the West Haven Police Department, East Haven Fire Department, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew from Milford are also on scene searching.

“With a search covering the entire New Haven Harbor shoreline, we hope to find these two boaters alive and well,” said Ensign David Moser, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer. “It’s important to remember to bring flares, flashlights or some kind of signaling device when going out on the water, especially at night.”

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

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