Search suspended for missing fisherman in Jamaica Bay

NEW YORK–The search for a missing fisherman has been suspended after his body was recovered from the water near the North Channel Bridge in Jamaica Bay, N.Y., at about 5:45 p.m. today. On scene emergency responders declared the man deceased.

A New York Police Department (NYPD) dive crew recovered the body, which had been caught in the muddy ground within a sink hole, in approximately the same area that he was reported fishing.

The depth of the water in that area ranges from four-to-24 feet.

“It’s always very difficult when a search ends in tragedy,” said Lt. Brandon Link, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station New York, NYPD, New York Fire Department (FDNY), Park Police, as well as dive crews from the NYPD and FDNY and a NYPD rescue helicopter crew were involved in the search.

Coast Guard Sector New York received a call from Citywide, New York City’s emergency service, at about 2:30 p.m. stating that two fishermen were reportedly in the water. Two passerby’s on Howard Beach saw that the men were in distress and were able to pull one of them out of the sink hole.

“It’s important to remember to wear a life jacket at all times when in the water, and be aware of your surroundings,” said Link.

The two men were reportedly fishing in waist high water when one of them was pulled into the sink hole. The other attempted to help him when he was also pulled in.

Next of kin have been notified.

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