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Milford Man Dies After Boat Hits Buoy, Throws Him Into Long Island Sound

The U.S. Coast Guard out of New Haven rescued two boats late Saturday.
The U.S. Coast Guard out of New Haven rescued two boats late Saturday. Photo Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Facebook

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A Milford man, 43, who was thrown from a boat into the water of Long Island Sound after it hit a buoy near New Haven Harbor late Saturday has died of his injuries, according to the New Haven Register.   

The only passenger, a 47-year-old man from Guilford, was also ejected but swam back to the boat and radioed for help, the Register said. The Milford man was driving the 24-foot Seaswirl boat, the story said.

The Coast Guard said it responded to the accident at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Related story: Boater Suffers Serious Injuries After Hitting Buoy, Falling Into L.I. Sound

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a distress call on Channel 16 from the passenger, who said the boat had collided with a buoy in New Haven Harbor, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

They launched a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven, who pulled the ejected boater from the water and transferred the second boater from the distressed vessel to the 29-foot Response Boat Small. 

Once aboard the RBS, the boatcrew began administering CPR to the ejected boater, who had no pulse.

Once the boater regained a pulse, the boatcrew safely transferred both of the boaters to emergency medical services, who were waiting at a pier in Long Wharf in New Haven.

Both the operator and passenger, who have not been identified, were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where the operator was pronounced dead, the Register said.  

State Environmental Conservation Police are investigating the accident.

Click here for the story at the New Haven Register.

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