Search for Man Missing in Long Island Sound Suspended

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a man missing in Long Island Sound near Milford Point at 10:45 a.m. today after an exhaustive search of the area involving 10 boats and helicopters from numerous agencies.

Suffolk County Police Department Marine and Aviation Bureaus, Connecticut State Police, Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Conservation Police, Bridgeport Police Department, Milford Police Department, Coast Guard Station New Haven and Air Stations Atlantic City and Cape Cod were involved in the search.

Daniel Greene, 52, of Hamden, disappeared from a 20-foot sailboat approximately two miles from shore Wednesday between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Greene was the second boater to disappear in this area within a 24-hour period.

“Air temperatures in the 60s and 70s can be deceptive when water temperatures at barely 40 degrees,” said Coast Guard Lt. Kris Tsairis, Sector Long Island Sound. “If you go boating dress for the water temperature not just the air temperature. It’s very important to wear a lifejacket and have the right safety equipment.”

Chris Peckham and Laurie Brindisi were passengers aboard the sailing vessel with Greene Wednesday. They awoke from a two-hour nap at 6:30 p.m. and found him missing, prompting the multi-agency search. Peckham and Brindisi told investigators that Greene wasn’t wearing a life jacket.

The search was suspended based on weather conditions, water temperature, the age and size of the victim, the lack of a life jacket the extent of the search, said Tsairis.

“If he was on the surface we likely would have found him with so many assets involved in a relatively small search area,” said Tsairis. “It’s still always a difficult decision to suspend a search,” he added.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to always wear a life jacket. Statistics indicate eight of ten boaters killed in boating accidents aren’t wearing a life jacket. Free vessel safety checks and boating safety courses are also available from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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