Boater’s Body Found in Long Island Sound

The body of Matthew Lyon, 49, was recovered Saturday, Oct. 31, north of Great Gull Island, NY, after he was reported overdue from a trip in a 14-foot boat that started at the Groton Elks Lodge & Marina in Groton, CT, at 2:30 p.m, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders were contacted at 5:30 p.m. Friday by the Groton Police Department, who stated that Lyon’s wife had reported him overdue.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station New London, Coast Guard Station Montauk, the Coast Guard Cutter Coho and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were launched to search the area, aided by multiple local law enforcement and rescue agencies. A Coast Guard HC-130 crew from Air Station Elizabeth City launched for a first light search Saturday morning.

The harbor tug Genesis Eagle located a body in the water two nautical miles north of Great Gull Island at approximately 9:47 a.m., which was recovered by Connecticut State Police at 10:29 a.m. The body was taken to Coast Guard Station New Haven in New Haven, where it was later positively identified as Lyon. The cause of the incident is under investigation.