Coast Guard ends search for missing boater off Stratford coast

Coast Guard rescue teams are searching for a possible person in the water south of Stratford (Photo provided by United States Coast Guard)
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The kayak Gregory Blanco was believed to have been using (Photo provided by United States Coast Guard)

STRATFORD, Conn  (WTNH) — The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a missing kayaker after recovering a body during the search.

The kayaker has been identified as Gregory Blanco, 41, from Northport, New York.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call Monday at approximately 8:30 a.m. from a good Samaritan reporting an unmanned red, 14-foot, one person kayak north of Stratford Shoal Middle Ground. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast on VHF-channel-16, and launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven and Eatons Neck.

The boat crews arrived in the vicinity and located the kayak with personal items on board. Markings on the kayak suggested the owner departed out of the Northport, New York area.

At approximately 4 p.m., Stratford police recovered a body matching Blanco’s description. The body was found in the water south of Stratford.