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Updated: Search For Missing Woman Called Off For The Night

Nine people were rescued after a boat overturned two miles south of Noank. One woman remains unaccounted for.

8:44 p.m.:  The United States Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing woman due to dangerous tide and current conditions.

For the past six hours the U.S.C.G., and several local fire departments including dive teams from Westerly and Old Mystic searched for the woman off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat overturned. Shortly before 9 p.m., the U.S.C.G. called off the search after the tides became too dangerous to continue the search, Corey Watford of Homebrewtvnews reported.

According to Watford the search will resume tomorrow, but as recovery.

Lt. Jeff Janaro of the U.S.C.G., said between 2:30 and 3 p.m. a privately-owned boat that had 10 people and a dog on board struck rocks and overturned in 42 feet of water about two miles south of Noank and quarter-mile north of Fishers Island.

The U.S.C.G., , Westerly Fire Dive Team, , and L&M Medics responded to the scene. Emergency personnel rescued nine people from the water and took them by boat to the where ambulances waited. Janaro said the nine passengers are in good health, but a female remains unaccounted.

The boat is registered to a David Patenaude of Pomfret, Connecticut.

According to The Westerly Sun the New York State Police will be in charge of the investigation.

8:00 p.m.  A United States Coast Guard helicopter and an 87-foot boat continues the search for a missing woman off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat overturned.

The helicopter was called in from the U.S.C.G. Cape Cod base to help in the search. The boat is conducting a surface search.

According to Lt. Jeff Janaro of the U.S.C.G., between 2:30 and 3 p.m. a privately-owned boat that had 10 people and a dog on board struck rocks and overturned in 42 feet of water trapping its passengers underneath about two miles south of Noank and quarter mile north of Fishers Island.

The USCG,  , , and L&M Medics responded to the scene. Nine people were rescued and taken by boat to the where ambulances waited. Janaro said the nine passengers are in good health, but a female remains unaccounted for.

The Coast Guard and several local fire departments including a four-person dive team from Westerly is searching the waters off of Fishers Island for the missing female who was part of group of people trapped when a boat overturned north of Fishers Island around 3 p.m.

According to The Westerly Sun the New York State Police will be in charge of the investigation.

6:30 p.m.: The United States Coast Guard and several area fire departments are continuing to search for a woman off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat overturned.

According to Lt. Jeff Janaro of the U.S.C.G., between 2:30 and 3 p.m. the privately-owned boat had 10 people and a dog on board when it sturck rocks and overturned in 42 feet of water trapping its passengers underneath.

The Westerly Sun is reporting the U.S.C.G. believes the boat hit Pulpit Rock, two miles south of Noank and a quarter mile north of Clay Point on Fishers Island.

The USCG,  , , and L&M Medics responded to the scene. Nine people were rescued and taken by boat to the Noank Shipyard where ambulances waited. Janaro said the nine passengers are in good health, but a female remains unaccounted for.

The Coast Guard and several local fire departments including a four-person dive team from Westerly is searching the waters off of Fishers Island for the missing female who was part of group of people trapped when a boat overturned north of Fishers Island around 3 p.m.

According to The Westerly Sun the New York State Police will be in charge of the investigation.

5:47: p.m.: The United States Coast Guard and several area fire departments are searching for a woman off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat struck rocks and sunk in 42 feet of water.

According to Lt. Jeff Janaro of the USCG, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. the privately-owned boat had 10 people and a dog on board when it sunk, with all but one passenger saved by Coast Guard officials and other individuals in the area.

Janaro said a female remains unaccounted for and divers are on scene, and the other nine passengers are reportedly in good health after being rescued.

Janaro said he did not have a precise location, though the incident occurred north of the island, closer to the western side.

The Coast Guard and several local fire departments including a four-person dive team from Westerly is searching the waters off of Fishers Island for the missing female who was part of group of people trapped when a boat overturned north of Fishers Island around 3 p.m.

5: 03 p.m.: The person who remains missing is an unidentified female. The Coast Guard and several local fire departments including a four-person dive team from Westerly is searching the waters off of Fishers Island for the missing female who was part of group of people trapped when a boat overturned north of Fishers Island around 3 p.m.

4:37 p.m.: The Coast Guard and several local fire departments are actively searching the waters off of Fishers Island for at least person after a boat overturned Sunday afternoon.

At around 3 p.m. on Sunday a boat overturned just north of Fishers Island trapping ten people and one dog under the boat. Emergency personnel from the Coast Guard, , , and L&M Medics responded to the scene. By 3:30 p.m. nine people had been rescued and taken by boat to the Noank Shipyard where ambulances were standing by.

As of 4:30 p.m., one person was still unaccounted and the Westerly Dive Team was en route to the scene.

Check back with Patch for updates.

Lesa August 20, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Absolutely heartless, inane comment..... hope you are proud of yourself.
L Murphy August 20, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Sorry. As soon as you said "Helbig's" I realized where it was,-- the road where the old Abbot's cannery and Saint Joe's church were. I was thinking that Avery's yard inside the cove had taken on a different name, as so many have. Two choppers over my house as I type, and I've read that search has been suspended. . .
Dannyboy August 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Where are all the police boats? I haven't seen the City of Groton's police boat all year. My thought is, if you can't do the job of policing the area, close down and become one department and then you can afford to do the job the right way. It is a shame that we can't do this and the community is suffering. Just another example of why someone needs to step up and do the right thing before someone else gets hurt because of it. The boat patrol is part of the job in a shoreline community and its too bad because the police boats are always the first ones on a scene like this.
Chris Johnson August 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I'm not a fan of police, but saying that it's the police's fault for someone hitting a rock with their boat is ridiculous. People just have to be more careful in area that they are either unfamiliar with or areas that are known to have a lot of rocks/shoals. I was half a mile from the incident yesterday, and went over to examine it around 5. Radio was going off like crazy. Bizarre, tragic scene.
Uncle Remus August 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Dannyboy needs to get his head out of his a$$! Seriously, it was accident. What do expect, the City of Groton Police to chaperone all boats out in the water? Moron.

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