Officials said 21-year-old Spencer Mugford and 20-year-old Sophia McKenna have been reported as missing. They were last seen aboard a white tandem kayak via social media around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., authorities stated the Coast Guard‘s command center for the Long Island Sound received a notification from the City of Groton Police Department about the missing couple.
Officials on Monday said the hull of a sailboat was located at Truman Beach on Long Island before 7:00 p.m. and confirmed that it was connected to the missing duo.
Authorities said the boat was 12-14 feet long and white and blue in color. The mast was missing from the vessel.
According to the Coast Guard, Mugford was last seen wearing a blue tank top and salmon shorts.
Coast Guard officials stated it’s “all hands on deck,” with crews from Yantic, Taftville, Long Island, and a helicopter that was dispatched from Cape Cod helping with the search.
The Coast Guard tells News 8 the biggest challenge has been the cloudy skies, but the water is actually unusually warm for this time of year.
“The search has expanded to all the eastern portion of Long Island Sound as far west as beyond the Connecticut River,” Commander Andrew Ely, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound said.
“The Coast Guard will continue to search for these individuals in the water,” Cmdr. Ely added. “Mariners are encouraged to remain vigilant and keep a sharp lookout while in the area.”
The Civil Air Patrol said they have two aircrafts assisting with the search as well.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center at 203-468-4401.