Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Fisherman

NEW YORK–Local rescue agencies suspended at approximately 7:45 p.m. today a search for a shore fisherman who was reported missing in Stoneybrook, N.Y., just after 12 p.m. today.

The Suffolk County Police Department received a report from Katherine Rihm after her husband Bill, 45, had been overdue from a fishing trip, a trip that he departed for at 10:45 p.m. Friday. He was expected home at 4:00 a.m. today.

Rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck, Suffolk County Police Department and Northfield Police Department were dispatched and a helicopter from the Suffolk County Police Department Air Unit was sent out to conduct shoreline searches of the area.

The search coveted an area from Crane Neck Pt to Nissequoge River, Smithtown Bay and West Meadow Beach.

The man was last known to be wearing hip waders and fishing off West Meadow Beach, and is described as a strong swimmer and former lifeguard.

At the time of the report the weather was calm with less than 1-foot seas, and five to 10 knots of wind. The air temperature was 60 degrees, and the water temperature was 67 degrees.

A person can experience exhaustion or unconsciousness within two to seven hours from being immersed in 60 to 70 degree water.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters and fisherman to bring the necessary protective clothing and equipment and maintain communication with friends or loved ones on shore.

“The importance here is not to go fishing alone,” said John Olsen, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “Anytime you go out on the water you should have somebody with you.”

Anyone with information about Rihm should immediately contact the Coast Guard or Suffolk County Police Department.

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