Update on Two People Missing Off Long Island

NEW YORK- The multi-agency search for two missing Queens, N.Y., men was suspended pending further information at 12:45 p.m. today.

Mac Jerome Franklin and Kevin Mitchell left for a fishing trip in the Town of Hempstead, on East Bay, Sun. June 29, at approximately 10 p.m.

Concerned family contacted Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound to notify them of their overdue family members on Wednesday July 2; at that time the family believed the fishermen were in the Montauk area. The Coast Guard conducted search and rescue operations that day in the vicinity of Montauk, N.Y.

On Friday, July 4, a family friend indicated that the Fisherman were in the Wantagh Parkway area. Further investigation revealed that the State Police found the van used by the fisherman, without a canoe, at a parking area near Wantagh Bridge 3, Wantagh, N.Y. The family then contacted the Coast Guard stating the vehicle had been impounded after being towed from the Wantagh State Parkway. The Coast Guard immediately launched a search effort utilizing aircraft from Nassau PD, Coast Guard Air Stations Cape Cod and Atlantic City and surface assets from the Coast Guard, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, Nassau County Police, Wantagh Fire Department and State Environmental Conservation Police.

“Suspending the search for missing boaters is the most difficult decision a Coast Guard Sector Commander will ever make” said Captain Dan Ronan, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “The Coast Guard along with our many State and Local partners conducted an aggressive air and sea search and have not found the canoe or the missing boaters. We ask anyone who may have seen the two canoeists or missing canoe to contact Sector Long Island Sound at (203) 468-4401.”

This incident is under investigation .

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