Winsted Police search for missing boater

WINSTED, Conn. (WTNH) — Recovery efforts are underway for a missing boater in Highland Lake in Winsted.

A boat capsized after 5:00 Sunday night with three people inside. Authorities said three men were fishing before it overturned.

Sergeant Keith Williams with the Environmental Conservation Police said “from what we know it’s just unstable. There might have been some movement on the vessel. Someone might have stood up. We are not sure yet but for some reason one person went over first and the vessel capsized and the other two went over.”

Officials said two of the boaters were able to swim to safety and were taken to the hospital. Dive teams frantically looked for the third boater, a 22-year-old man. DEEP, Connecticut State police and several departments from neighboring towns helped in the search. Officials said it was a challenge for divers.

William said, “the water depth by the boat is 19 feet, the temperature is about 53 degrees so it made it difficult for the divers last night to be there for an extended period of time. ”

Officials talked about the recovery efforts. “Continue to expand the search around the vessel, you will see them use the side scan sonar first before you see a diver in the water,” added Williams. Officials don’t believe life jackets were on board.

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