Search ends for man missing near New Haven, Conn.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium

USCG File Photo

NEW YORK – Coast Guard and partner agency crews ended their search for a missing boater, Sunday evening, after a body matching the mans description was located in the vicinity of New Haven, Conn.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Connecticut State Police dive unit located the body of Michael Murphy, a 53-year-old boater.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of the two men who perished today,” said Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “We are grateful to the emergency responders who assisted in the search efforts.”
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report from a good Samaritan stating they located an overturned and damaged vessel near the west breakwall in New Haven at approximately 9:15 a.m., Sunday. A unresponsive individual was also located on the rocks of the breakwall, later to be determined as a passenger of the capsized vessel.

The command center issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Haven. West Haven Fire Department-Marine unit also responded to the scene.

During the nearly 10-hour search effort, Coast Guard crews and local agencies covered approximately 61-square nautical miles.

Assisted in the search were:

  • A Coast Guard Station New Haven boatcrew
    A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew
    West Haven Police Department Marine Unit
    Milford Police Department Dive Unit
    Connecticut State Police
    Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

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