Coast Guard searching Great Peconic Bay area for possible missing kite surfer

This photo shows the blue kite surfing component found at the nearest shoreline by Coast Guard Station Shinnecock members.

This photo shows the blue kite surfing component found at the nearest shoreline by Coast Guard Station Shinnecock members.


NEW YORK-The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible kite surfer in distress in the Great Peconic Bay area of Long Island, N.Y., May 5, 2011.

Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, N.Y., received the initial report from a Good Samaritan who reportedly saw what was described as an individual attempting to right an overturned vessel a quarter mile from shore at approximately 8 p.m.

Coast Guard Station Shinnecock dispatched a rescue boat crew to the scene, and members of the station also drove to the nearest shoreline, where they found a blue kite and rigging commonly used in kite surfing.

No other kite surfing components have been found, and no missing persons reports have been filed with the Coast Guard for that area of Long Island.

The rescue boat crew is currently searching the area, as well as a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

Suffolk County Police also have a helicopter on scene to assist in the search.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at 203-468-4401

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