DEEP identifies men killed in New Haven Harbor boating accident

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and EnCon Police people have identified the two Fairfield men who died in Long Island Sound when their boat overturned this weekend.

DEEP says 53-year-old Michael Murphy and 46-year-old Scott Trautman sustained fatal injuries when they were ejected from their vessel Saturday night. According to EnCon police, the two men were aboard Murphy’s 32-foot 2017 Sea Fox power boat heading south in New Haven Harbor when at some point Murphy’s boat struck the north side of the west break wall in the harbor area.

Trautman was recovered by the United States Coast Guard on the break wall and pronounced dead at the scene.

All day Sunday, crews from the coast guard, the state, and the local towns were all out scouring the waters of New Haven for Murphy. His body was recovered around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday night by the CT State Police Dive Team.

The Coast Guard, even with some resources down in Texas helping Harvey victims, put a helicopter in the air to search the water. DEEP, as well as dive teams from West Haven and Milford also helped out.

Related: Second missing boater found dead in New Haven Harbor

The Coast Guard still investigating, but they seem to have a pretty good idea what happened Saturday night.

“Navigating a vessel at high speed at night is a high risk operation, especially inside a harbor, and that appears to have been the case here,” said Captain Andrew Tucci, Sector Commander, U.S. Coast Guard.

It does not look like either body was wearing a life jacket, so keep that in mind as we head towards a holiday weekend with plenty of good boating weather. It’s the law that you have to have enough life jackets for all the people on board. But think about how fast an accident can happen on a speedboat. Would you have time to go get a life jacket and put it on? The coast guard estimates life jackets could have save the lives of more than 80% of the boating fatality victims they see every year.

If you’re on a boat, then a life jacket should be on you.

EnCon Police are still actively investigating the incident.

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