Multi-Agency Search for Missing Boaters near Clinton Harbor

Connecticut – A multi-agency search for two missing boaters is underway after their 19-foot boat was found overturned approximately four miles outside of Clinton Harbor around 5:30 a.m. today.

The missing boaters were reported to have departed Clinton Harbor around 9 a.m. yesterday on a fishing trip. They were reported missing by the husband of one of the boaters around 1:15 a.m. this morning.

Initial investigations determined the vehicle they drove to the Clinton Harbor Marina was found next to where the boat is kept. Coast Guard rescue crews from Station New Haven and Station New London were immediately dispatched. In addition rescue crews from Clinton, Guilford, Madison, Westbrook, Department of Environmental Police and State Police are participating in the search efforts. During the initial phases of the search, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the boat was found overturned south of Clinton Harbor in Long Island Sound. In addition to water and shoreline searches, a Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, a rescue jet from Air Station Cape Cod and State Police helicopter Trooper One are participating in the search efforts. The Coast Guard Cutter Chinook is also being dispatched from New London, CT.

“It’s an intensive multi-agency search for these missing boaters,” said Captain Daniel Ronan, Commander Sector Long Island Sound. “We are doing everything we can to find these boaters alive. The cooperation among the numerous participating agencies is quite impressive and we remain hopeful that we will have a successful outcome to this case.”

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to wear a life jacket while underway. Make sure to file a float plan by letting someone know where you will be and what time you will be back.

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