Multiple investigations are ongoing after several fatal boating accidents reported from New England to Florida.
Five people were thrown into the water late Sunday night when the 24-foot Sea Ray powerboat they were in struck a breakwall in Stamford (Conn.) Harbor and capsized, police said.
Four of the people were rescued and taken to shore at about 1:15 a.m. Monday, but a fifth boater was still missing as crews from four municipalities were joined by the Coast Guard in a massive search.
The body of 30-year-old New Rochelle, N.Y. firefighter was pulled from Stamford Harbor Monday afternoon, more than 12 hours after the boat he was driving capsized, officials said.
In another case, a 66-year-old Floridian survived 34 years as a firefighter, but died fishing, a sport he loved.
The 66-year-old victim, identified as Bill Krick, disappeared beneath the surface of Oyster Bay, in the Everglades National Park’s Shark River area, around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities.
“Bill’s been a fisherman and in and out of the water his whole life. He’s one of the strongest swimmers I’ve ever seen in my life,” family friend Patricia Abram said Sunday from the family home in Palm Beach Gardens.
In the Great Lakes, the Coast Guard rescued three people after a wooden boat sank in Lake Erie
A Coast Guard crew rescued three boaters Sunday afternoon after their boat became swamped off the coast of Geneva State Park in Geneva, Ohio.
"These boaters did everything right," said Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Lutz, executive petty officer of Station Ashtabula, and the coxswain, or operator, of the SPC-LE crew on this case. "They were wearing life jackets, and they stayed with their vessel."
"It can be hard to see people in the water," Lutz added. When the boatcrew approached, the woman was standing on the bow of the partially submerged boat and waving her arms, making them easier to spot.