Coast Guard suspends search for missing Conn. boater

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing Connecticut boater, today.

Coast Guard and local agencies launched a massive search for Daniel Strelczuk, Saturday, after a Good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound when they came across an adrift sailing vessel approximately three miles south of Fishers Island, N.Y.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., The Coast Guard suspended the active search for Daniel Strelczuk due to saturation of the search area and searching beyond the calculated survival time given the current conditions.

In total, rescue crews searched for more than 19 hours, covering over 740 square miles, in an attempt to locate the missing boater.

Agencies involved in the search included:

·      An MH-60 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

·      An HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft search crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

·      A rescue crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Chinook, an 87-foot patrol boat home ported in New London, Conn.

·      A 25-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London

·      A 45-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New London

·      A 47-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Montauk

·      Fisher Island Fire Department

·      Fisher Island Constable

·      Mystic Fire Department

·      Groton Fire Department

·      Southold Police Department Marine

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