One boater found, search continues for other missing mariner

NEW YORK– Coast Guard rescue crews are continuing to search for a 27-year-old man who was reported missing after not returning from a fishing trip in a small row boat near West Haven, Conn.

Luis Moreno Hectar, 40, was located on a sailing vessel in the mooring fields of West Haven near New Haven Harbor this morning after flagging down an East Haven Fire Department boat crew with a red t-shirt. Neither of the two men had lifejackets.

A friend of the overdue boaters reported that the two men left at about 7 p.m. Wednesday for the trip. He reported that one of the overdue boaters called at about 10 p.m. Wednesday night and said his vessel was taking on water. The two men were not reported overdue to the Coast Guard until 6 a.m. today.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven was launched at 6:15 a.m. and is searching the west and east banks of New Haven Harbor, an area spanning about five miles, where the men were reported fishing. Rescue crews from the West Haven Police Department, East Haven Fire Department, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and a Coast Guard Auxiliary crew from Milford are also on scene searching.

“The vessel reportedly capsized last night,” said Lt.j.g. Chris Miller, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s command duty officer. “The two men became separated and one managed to climb onboard a sailboat anchored offshore. We currently have multiple federal, state and local agencies continuing to search New Haven Harbor and the surrounding areas for the missing 27-year-old.”

Weather on scene is reported as one to two-foot seas and half a mile visibility.

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