Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Connecticut Boater

NEW YORK–The U.S. Coast Guard suspended an extensive multi-agency search at 1:30 p.m. today for Arthur Turner. He and Irina Sheyner were initially reported overdue from a fishing trip early Wednesday morning. A Coast Guard rescue crew from Station New Haven found Mr. Turner’s overturned boat at approximately 5:15 am. The Coast Guard coordinated the extensive multi-agency search consisting of rescue crews from CT State Department of Environmental Protection, State Police (including Trooper One), Towns of Clinton, Madison, Westbrook, Guilford, Southold, NY, Coast Guard air crews from Cape Cod and Atlantic City, Suffolk County, NY helicopter, and a C-130 and HH-60 from the 106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing in West Hampton, NY.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Coast Guard rescue crews recovered the passenger of the boat, 44 year-old Irina Sheyner approximately four miles south of the overturned vessel. She was immediately brought to shore in Clinton where she was pronounced dead. The search continued that evening and into this morning as the Coast Guard Cutter Chinook from New London, CT and aircraft from the 106th ANG and Cape Cod completed multiple search patterns until 1:30 p.m. today.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of both Mr. Turner and Ms. Sheyner,” said Captain Daniel Ronan, Commander Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “It is sad that a fishing trip like this turned into something so tragic. It demonstrates how dangerous being out on the water can be, and you simply can never take enough precautions to ensure your safety.”

“Calling off a search is an extremely difficult decision and is one that is never taken lightly or made in haste. In this case, we searched well beyond predicted survival times with the hopes of finding Mr. Turner.” said Ronan. “We expended an enormous amount of surface and air rescue resources and covered an immense area, but unfortunately we located Mrs. Sheyner deceased and were unable to locate Mr. Turner.” All combined, the crews searched over 75 hours using 25 boats, airplanes and helicopters covering the area of Long Island Sound from Branford, CT to Fishers Island numerous times, including the North Shore of Long Island.

Arthur Turner, 48, and Sheyner, both of West Hartford, Conn., left Clinton Harbor at approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for a fishing trip in an area called Six-Mile Reef, just a few miles south of Clinton Harbor. They were expected back at sundown. The last contact anyone had with the individuals was a cell phone call placed at around 11:00 a.m. A local boater had reported seeing Mr. Turner’s boat engaged in fishing at about 3:00 p.m.

Sheyners husband contacted the Clinton Police Department at approximately 1:00 a.m. to report his wife missing.

The CT Department of Environmental Protection and the Clinton Police are investigating the incident.

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