Drowned boater wasn’t wearing life jacket

NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)– With summer now ‘unofficially’ underway, we’re starting to see people hit the water, more and more. And with that comes potential danger.

Monday four people went out in a canoe and only three came back.

The U.S, Coast Guard recovered the body of a 40-year-old man after a frantic search off Calf Pasture Beach. Officials say the canoe carrying four men capsized after taking on too much water.

“We had multiple helicopters, from the Coast Guard and the Connecticut State Police . We had Norwalk fire department, the police department, the Coast Guard units from all over the sound,” said Captain Ed Cubanski,Sector Commander, Sector Long Island Sound US Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard tells News 8 four men piled into a canoe built for three and there were only two life jackets on the boat.

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“There were only 2 jackets on the boat and they selected two people to wear those jackets and unfortunately the one person that perished did not have a life jacket on,” said Cubanski.

Officials say deaths in boating accidents can dramatically decrease by wearing life jackets.

“In 2013 there were 560 people that died in boating accidents in our country and out of those 560, 77% of the people drowned. 84% of those did not wear life jackets,” said Cubanski.

The US Coast Guard says life jackets are the seat belts of the sea.

“It is much like drivers ed, so if you wear your seat belt and you take the drivers ed course, you are going to have safe drivers out there. So for safe boating, take a boating safety course, the coast guard offers them for free and wear you life jacket on the water,” said Cubanski.

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The U.S coast guard offers free auxiliary classes on safe boating.

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