The search effort to locate a reported person in the water near West Haven, Connecticut, has been suspended Saturday, May 12, after rescue crews were unable to locate any signs of distress this morning.
The search was suspended at approximately 10:00 a.m. after Coast Guard air and boat crews along with local agencies, searched throughout the night and into the morning and were unable to find any debris.
At 10:00 p.m., Friday, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders in New Have received a distress call on VHF-FM channel 16 from a male caller reporting he had struck a reef off of West Haven and his boat was taking on water. The caller advised he was shooting flares and abandoning ship. No further contact with the boat was made.
“Coast Guard and local agencies conducted an extensive searched for 12 hours covering more than 500 square miles based on the information we received,” said Peter Winters, the search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “We have decided to suspend our active search pending the development of new information.
The Coast Guard received no reports of any vessel being overdue or unaccounted for.
Agencies involved in the search:
- HU-25 Falcon rescue jet crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.
- MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.
- 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Chinook, homeported in New London, Conn.
- 45-foot rescue boat crew from Station New Haven
- West Haven Fire Dept.
- Branford Fire Dept.
- East Haven Police Dept.
- Branford commercial salvage company