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Coast Guard calls off search for missing boater off coast of LI

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Posted at 10:40 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 08:47:56-04

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard has suspended its Saturday search for a missing boater near Jones Inlet off Long Island.

The guard received a report from a good Samaritan vessel at around 10:08 a.m. that they had come across a motor vessel that capsized with four people in the water. The guard launched two response boats and within minutes, recovered one person, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Two others were recovered clinging to the vessel's hull and wearing life jackets and were taken to a local hospital.

There were 11 total boat crews and four helicopter crews utilized in the search. However, by 10 p.m. tonight, the search for the fourth boater was called off pending new information.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those who were lost and affected by this tragic incident," said Cmdr. Valerie Boyd, a search and rescue mission coordinator with Sector Long Island Sound.