Coast Guard searching for possible person in the water near Connecticut River

Coast Guard file photo of a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station New Londonby Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier

File photo of a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station New London by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Coast Guard and local partner agencies are searching for a possible person in the water after receiving a report of an overturned kayak near the mouth of the Connecticut River, Monday afternoon.

Missing is William Zadrozny, an 18-year-old man reportedly wearing work boots, a grey and yellow jacket, and jeans.

At approximately 5:00 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from a good Samaritan reporting an overturned kayak with a lifejacket and fishing gear on board.

Assets included in the search:

  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station New London
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an 87-foot cutter homeported in Newport, Rhode Island
  • An HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Old Lyme Police Department
  • Old Saybrook Police & Fire Department
  • The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center at 203-468-4401 or on the radio at VHF-FM marine radio channel-16.

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