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Police ID Man Who Died After Boat Hit Buoy, Throwing Him Into LI 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

The 43-year-old man who died after being thrown from a boat into the water of Long Island Sound after it hit a buoy near New Haven Harbor late Saturday has been identified as Joseph Regan of Milford, 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.

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 boat crew 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 to read the New Haven Register story.

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