The Coast Guard suspended their search for a possible missing person in the water near Bridgeport, CT, today (January 2) at 4:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard received a call from a sailing vessel reporting a partially submerged kayak just east of Stratford Shoal Middle Ground Sunday, at approximately 10 a.m.

A 45-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven, Conn., arrived on scene and took possession of the 17-foot camouflage kayak, Eagle Run 12.

Station New Haven along with a 45-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck, a HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., Coast Guard Auxiliary, Bridgeport Police Department, Suffolk County Police Department and Fairfield Fire Department searched approximately 99 square miles with negative results.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to stay safe during the 2013 boating season by ensuring they have the proper safety equipment aboard their vessel and a Coast Guard-approved lifejacket and wear it while on the water.

Other safety measures that can save your life are:

  • Have your vessel inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron.
  • File a float plan with someone who knows when you are leaving and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you have working sound-producing devices in the event of an emergency in low visibility.
  • Ensure flares are up to date and in good working order.

For a comprehensive list of boating safety checklists and instructional information, CLICK HERE.

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