Search for missing boater off Long Island called off

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for a 52-year-old male in the vicinity of Northport Bay, Huntington, at 8 p.m., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report at 9:29 a.m., Saturday, from the Huntington Harbormaster that a man had fallen overboard from his boat while out with his 13-year-old son that morning. The man reportedly fell into the water while reaching for a fishing pole and never resurfaced.The search involved crews from:

  • Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck 45-foot response boat
  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • Northport Police Department
  • Northport Fire Department
  • Huntington Harbormaster
  • Centerport Fire Department
  • Nassau County Police Department
  • Suffolk County Police marine, aviation, and dive units
  • Oyster Bay Constables
  • Lloyd’s Harbor Constables
  • Seatow
  • Multiple good Samaritans
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“Our thoughts are with all who were affected by what happened today,” said Capt. Eva Van Camp, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “This tragic incident emphasizes the inherent dangers associated with being out on the water, and we urge all commercial and recreational mariners to always take the essential steps to ensure their safety before getting underway, including checking the weather, filing a float plan and always wearing a life jacket.”