WESTPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Police suspended the search for the remaining boater Tuesday morning after a boat sank in Westport.
Westport police had been searching for two missing men after a small boat sank near Cockenoe Island Sunday afternoon.
The body of Juan Gabriel Valle Pineda, of Spring Valley, was found at about 4:30 p.m. Monday about three miles north of the sunken boat. The search for the second man was suspended again on Monday night after being restarted that morning.
Pineda’s body has been sent to the chief medical examiner for an autopsy.
Westport Lt. Eric Wood said further efforts to recover the second victim have been called off pending further developments.
A boater spotted a man standing on a navigational buoy at 4 p.m. on Saturday and alerted police, who retrieved the man from the buoy. Police then rescued a second man and a woman from the water.
The three individuals were transported to a hospital for evaluation. After retrieving a translator, police were able to learn that there were a total of five people on the boat when it sank.
Police said they had determined that the small fishing boat was anchored on the southside of Cockenoe Island after 9:30 p.m. when it sank due to the choppy waters.
The two men were from Spring Valley, New York and Suffern, New York, according to police.