Boater Lost in Sound off Larchmont
Update: The Coast Guard reports the search for Brooklyn sailor Eoin Curran has been called off, after failing to recover the man who disappeared Sunday when he fell off his sailboat near Larchmont about 3:30 pm.
The Coast Guard now says Curran was 30 years old, not 20 as previously stated. He and two others were taking their first sailing lesson; four people were aboard.
A Coast Guard spokesman says he "was training on the 23-foot (Sonar) sailboat, along with an instructor and two other individuals, when it reportedly listed 90 degrees due to heavy winds from the squall. The missing man and the instructor fell overboard, the instructor was able to get aboard the sailboat and a personal flotation device was thrown to the man in the water," but the Coast guard says he disappeared from sight.
Curran was reported to have not been wearing a life jacket.
The boat originated at the New York Sailing School in New Rochelle.
This is the second incident off Larchmont this summer of a boater lost in the Sound. Mount Vernon firefighter James Drago drowned June 26.
A Coast Guard rescue boat crew was on the scene again Monday afternoon and evening with the County police. Sunday’s search also involved the Larchmont Police Department, Mamaroneck Police Department and the New Rochelle Police Department. A Coast guard helicopter from Atlantic City aided in the search.
Winds at the time of the incident Sunday, during a heavy squall, fluctuated in the range of 20-35 mph.
The search area spanned from City Island, N.Y., to Matinecock Point, N.Y.
The Coast Guard asks all boaters to "take the appropriate safety precautions before and while underway. Weather changes faster than many boaters anticipate at sea – if it looks as if a storm is approaching, boaters should monitor marine band radio for safety advisories and head to the nearest safe haven if necessary."
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