The US Coast Guard recovered the body of a missing area kayaker in the waters of Long Island Sound during a powerful Nor'easter.
The kayaker, 45-year-old Laurence Broderick, reportedly left Hempstead in his red kayak at approximately 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, en route to Mamaroneck, in Southern Westchester County, and was reported overdue early Tuesday, Oct. 26 by his mother.
According to the US Coast Guard, later Tuesday morning, his kayak was found containing his cell phone on Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.
At approximately 2 p.m., Tuesday, a rescue swimmer from a Coast Guard Station Cape Cod helicopter crew located Broderick unresponsive wearing a life jacket in the water near Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay Park.
The swimmer transferred the body to a New Rochelle Police Marine Unit, the US Coast Guard said.
Broderick was transferred to Westchester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
The search included crews from several US Coast Stations and numerous law enforcement agencies including:
- Nassau County Police Department
- New Rochelle Police Department
- Westchester Police Department
- Mamaroneck Police Department
- Rye Police Department
- Eastchester Police Department
"It is with sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Broderick that we acknowledge the unfortunate news of his loss – which occurred while he was kayaking near the Long Island Sound," said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Zeita Merchant, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York.
"The Coast Guard and area law enforcement teams searched diligently for Mr. Broderick from the moment we were informed that he was missing and, as with everyone impacted by the news, were hoping for a different outcome of today’s mission.
"Today’s events were truly tragic in nature, and we continue to urge all recreational craft users in the area to heed weather and condition warnings as they consider whether or not to go out on the water."
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