Coast Guard crews suspend the search for a possible person in the water off of Plum Island

45 New LondonNEW YORK – Coast Guard crews suspended the search for a possible person in the water off of Plum Island, New York, Wednesday evening.

The search was suspended at approximately 5:30 p.m., Wednesday after Coast Guard and local agencies searched continuously for 26 hours covering more than 890 square miles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound were notified by a good Samaritan who located an overturned kayak off of East Point, Plum Island at approximately 3:20 p.m., Tuesday.

A smallboat from Coast Guard Station Montauk and an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod were launched and immediately started searching for a possible person in the water off of Plum Island.

Currently, it is unclear whether there is anyone in distress, though the kayak did show signs of being previously occupied.

The kayak was identified as a red, 12-foot Pelican kayak with a hull identification number of:  CAZEP10662D515.  Fishing poles and food were also found aboard.

Assisted in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, homeported in Woods Hole, Massachusetts
  • Coast Guard Station Montauk, New York smallboat crews
  • Coast Guard Station New London, Connecticut smallboat crews
  • Southold, New York, Police Department officials
  • Southold Town Bay Constable police Department officials
  • Gardiners Island keeper officials
  • Plum Island Security officials

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