New York boater dies after falling overboard into Long Island Sound in Milford

(WTNH/Renee Chmiel)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Mount Sinai, New York man has died after falling off of a boat Saturday near Charles Island in Milford, environmental officials say.

According to authorities, 43-year-old Richard Melucci’s wife called 911 around 6:05 p.m., and said he had fallen off their boat in Long Island Sound and was struggling to stay afloat. Fire officials say the Coast Guard found him about 55 minutes later. They say paramedics started working on him and took him to the hospital, but he died.

Melucci’s wife was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Her name was not released.

Their boat was towed to Milford Landing. Police are now investigating.