Coast Guard Plans CT Training Session in Light of Missing Boaters

Vessel identification stickers are used to locate the owners of small crafts, such as kayaks, canoes and rowboats, when the vessels get lost or loose from their moorings. | Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Masaschi

ctpost: Following recent searches for missing paddle boarders, the U.S. Coast Guard is leading a training program to help increase safety.

Last Friday, the body of Spencer Mugford, 21, as located Friday by a commercial fisherman off the coast of Groton. Sofia McKenna, 20, who was last seen with Mugford, has not been located at this time. Both were reported missing on Sunday, May 27.

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Coast Guard personnel from Long Island Sound small boat stations, cutters, sector, and auxiliary staff will participate with state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection staff, retailers, and local paddle craft instructors to conduct training on state and federal safety gear requirements for paddlers.

The session is planned for Thursday at Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven.

Read more about the training program led by the U.S. Coast Guard following recent searches for missing paddle boarders.