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Boater Drowns After Falling Overboard Into Stamford Harbor

Boats in Stamford Harbor Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
The body of a drowned boater was found near the docks at John Boccuzzi Park off Southfield Avenue in Stamford's Waterside neighborhood early Sunday. Photo Credit: Google Maps

STAMFORD, Conn. — A 51-year-old man from Harrison, N.Y., drowned after falling overboard in Stamford Harbor late Saturday night, according to Stamford fire officials and multiple media reports. 

Rescuers had searched the waters for the man for nearly an hour into early Sunday. 

Boaters noticed the man was missing from their 38-foot cabin cruiser as they approached the docks in Stamford Harbor, Stamford Fire Capt. Philip Hayes said in a statement. They had traveled from New York.

Stamford fire, police, and EMS were dispatched at 11:25 p.m. Saturday night, Hayes said. 

Stamford emergency services began both a shore-based and open water search effort, with mutual from the U.S. Coast Guard, Greenwich Police, and Darien Police, he said.

The crew on the Stamford Fire Department’s Engine 1 noticed a reflective object in the water off the public dock located behind John Boccuzzi Park off Southfield Avenue in the city's Waterside neighborhood, Hayes said. 

Engine 1 directed the Stamford fire boat to the location, and located the man at 12:38 a.m. Sunday, Hayes said. He was pulled from the water and the crew began resuscitative efforts, he said.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was transported by Stamford EMS to Stamford Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, the Stamford Advocate reported.

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