MULTI-AGENCY SEARCH FOR POSSIBLE WINDSURFER IN DISTRESS

NEW HAVEN–Multiple first response agencies are searching for a possible person in the water outside of New Haven Harbor along the coast of Branford, Conn., today.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from a good Samaritan on land at approximately 4 p.m. who reported the sighting of a piece of a possible kite-surfing rig floating in the water about 500-feet from Morgan Point.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven immediately responded and arrived on scene at 4:45 p.m. The crew recovered the piece of kite about two miles southeast of Morgan Point, after it had drifted in the water. There was no harness or kite-surfing board found with the recovered kite.

First Responders from the East Haven Police and Fire Departments, Branford Police Department, the Conn. Department of Environmental Protection, CT State Police helicopter Trooper 1, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also responded to the scene and are searching the area.

The rescue crews are conducting shoreline searches along the East Haven coast from Lighthouse Point to Morgan Point and roughly five miles offshore into Long Island Sound.

“Even though there was no report of a person in the water, we are working with other first response agencies to ensure every precaution is taken, as if there was someone in distress. If there is someone out there, we hope to find them alive and well,” said Lt. Steve Koch, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty watch officer. “If anyone has any knowledge of someone who might be in distress on the water, or missing a piece of a kite surfing ensemble, please call the Coast Guard at 203-468-4401.”

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