Coast Guard searches for 2 missing in Irondequoit Bay, NY

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsLEVELAND — The Coast Guard, in conjunction with local, federal and Canadian partner agencies, is searching for two missing men in Irondequoit Bay, N.Y.

At 2 p.m., a search–and–rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y. received a call from a local 911 dispatcher who reported two people missing in Irondequoit Bay. The reporting source was a 9-year-old child, on a boat with three other children, who said the men entered the water and did not resurface. At this time, it is not known if the men fell off the boat or jumped.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

Sector Buffalo began transmitting an urgent marine information broadcast over VHF-FM marine radio channel 16, the international hailing and distress frequency to alert local boaters of the search.

Currently searching along with the Coast Guard are: a rescue boatcrew and dive team from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office; a Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boatcrew; and a rescue helicopter crew from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario, Canada.

The four children on the vessel were all wearing life jackets and have been taken into custody by Monroe County officials.

The reporting source stated the two missing men were not wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard recommends that all people wear a life jacket while boating. It is safer to wear one at all times when boating than to try and put one on during an emergency.

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