STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Officials tell News 8 they have recovered the body of New York firefighter after the boat he was captaining capsized on Long Island Sound Sunday night.
Throughout Monday morning and into the afternoon, helicopters and search boats combed Stamford harbor, hoping to find some sign of Keith Morris.
After more than 12 hours of searching, crews found Morris' body early Monday afternoon.
"Due to amount of time that has elapsed, we doubt he will be found," said Sgt. Peter Wolff earlier in the day. "We notified family of that, before we came to speak to you folks."
Some of the family was with Morris, out to dinner on Stamford's waterfront. Morris was driving the boat back home to New Rochelle, New York, but he missed the gap in the break wall, hit the rocks and the boat overturned.
People who live nearby heard it and called 911.
"Some kind of noise, some kind of commotion. They referred to it as a crash and heard people screaming," said Lt. Phil Mazzucco. "That's how the call came in, calling for help."
Of the five people on board, police and the Coast Guard rescued four.
"There were two people sitting on the bottom of the vessel, turned upright and there were two people trapped inside the vessel in the water, in an air pocket, and they were knocking on the hull," Sgt. Wolff said.
The gap in the break wall is marked by two beacon lights; they are tall and easy to see, and police say they were both working Sunday night.
"The gentleman apparently had some education. He'd gone to some boating schools. He had a GPS on board, whether or not it was functioning, I don't know," Sgt. Wolff said.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection accident reconstruction team is working to determine what happened.
Governor Malloy congratulated the responders Wednesday, for their swift actions at the University of New Haven.
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