There were two occupants in a boat that had struck an object, according to police.
STONINGTON, Conn. – Multiple law enforcement and marine agencies responded to a fatal boating accident in the Latimer Point area of Stonington Saturday morning.
The call first came in around 7:11 am. Arriving officers found the center console of a boat floating off the coast of Stonington.
There were two occupants in a boat that hit a broken wall, authorities said. Investigators believe the crash happened Friday night. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene, EnCon police said.
The victims have not been identified.
Sgt. Dakota Flis of the Connecticut Environmental Police said boaters likely couldn’t see the murky waters.
“There are no lights in this area that would have lit it up very well and where they were Rockwall is very dark, there are rocks along the water, it’s a little hard to see at night so it would be difficult navigate,” said Sgt. flowers
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Libby Cooke, a mother in Stonington, said her son was fishing Saturday morning near where the boat was found.
“I knew they were going to catch some tuna and I knew they were getting an early start and they woke up to those headlines where there had been a boating incident, so yeah of course my heart sank,” Cooke said. .
Cooke said she was able to find her son on shore, but the panic she felt served as a reminder of why water safety is so important.
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“Not knowing and just knowing about boating safety is paramount,” Cooke said. “It is important for safety for the navigation of the tools for the rules of the road.”
Police are trying to get a message out after incidents like these, as numerous lives have been lost on the water this summer.
“You really have to be careful out there, whether it’s weather or at night, it’s hard to see where there are congested waters out there, it’s a really dangerous thing with no roads like there are out here where there’s a dividing line to go through. it’s not well lit like it’s on the road, it’s dark,” said Sgt. flowers
Stonington Police, EnCon Police, the New London Coast Guard and New London County Marine Group assets, including area dive teams, responded to the scene.
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The incident is now under investigation by EnCon police. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the States Attorney’s Office have been notified.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact CT Encon Police at (860) 841-0588.
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