BROOKFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut officials have released the identity of the boater who was recovered from Candlewood Lake on Thursday.

Officials with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) identified the man as Larry Kwokpo Chan, 24, of Bristol. They said his death has been ruled an accidental drowning by the medical examiner.

DEEP said the Connecticut State Police Dive Team recovered the body in the same area of the lake where the victim was first reported missing.

Kwopko Chan was originally reported missing by friends after going into the water from a vessel on the lake, which officials said was stationary at the time of the incident.

Crews searched the lake for more than two weeks and sought the public’s assistance in providing any information that could help in their investigation.

Residents watched state police divers and EnCon police search and rescuers comb the waters, looking for any sign of the man.

“Especially when you’re looking out your window and you see the police boats every day and you see the diving boats and it’s very disconcerting and you’re wondering why can’t they find this person,” said Gwen Arment of Brookfield.

The muddy bottom, the underwater current, and the blooming algae all made it very difficult for divers to see and the deeper they went, the harder it became.

“It’s about 30 feet to 40 feet in the area where it was. Once you get that deep, it gets dark, you’re not going to be able to see anything and it is murky down there so they’re working on virtually no visibility in that area, so they’re kind of feeling around. It’s extremely difficult,” said Officer Dakota Flis with EnCon police.

People from all over the area have been participating in the search, keeping their eyes open for the past 18 days, hoping to find him and find some resolution.

“We were in our boat searching, we were in our kayaks yesterday going along the shoreline just for the chance that maybe we could find him,” Arment said.

Crews never gave up, looking on the water day in and day out for the victim, searching for answers for the family.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and we’re making all of the notifications at this point and we’re just trying to do the best we can for them,” Flis said.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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