Search resumes for missing boater

LYME, Conn. (WTNH/AP)– State and Environmental Conservation Police suspended their search at Hamburg Cove in Lyme for a missing fisherman Monday night and resumed it Tuesday morning.

State police troopers had been there since around 3 a.m. Monday and a dive team was called in to help in the search.

The 50-year-old Hartford man was reported missing by his family after he failed to return home on Sunday night. Rescue crews from Lyme, Essex, Deep River and other communities launched boats in the search for the man whose black Nissan Frontier pickup truck and boat trailer were found near the cove.

“There’s quite a river current flowing down here all the time,” says resident Keel Keough, who opened the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club to first responders.

During the search family and friends waited anxiously and then found out the chances their loved one would be found alive were slim.

“It’s a tragedy that we don’t often hear in Lyme,” says resident Sharon Tracy. “We don’t often experience.”

The search for the fifty year old Hartford man went from a rescue to recovery effort as nightfall approached.

“He could easily have been a fall overboard that’s one avenue we’re investigating at this point,” explained Col. Kyle Overturf who is with the DEEP Environmental Police. The water was cold and the current strong. There were also lots of underwater obstacles.

“Underground trees, branches, and limbs so you can easily get caught on something where he couldn’t free himself and that’s the biggest fear,” says Tracy.

State police say they found life vests in the man’s truck and don’t believe he had any with him on the boat. EnCon Police say he went fishing in Lyme on Sunday morning. When he didn’t return home his family came looking for him.

Old Saybrook fire found his aluminum boat in the cove but he was no where to be found. Nearby residents say he came here a lot.

“I would call him a regular so once again it’s a mystery right now,” says Tracy. “What could have actually happened.”

The search resumed at 7:00 Tuesday morning.

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