STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has identified the two men who died after a small boat capsized off the coast in Stamford Sunday.
The two men were identified as 25-year-old Cristofer Cifuentes and 40-year-old Ludyn Cifuentes of New York.
This incident occurred at 10:21 a.m. The initial report stated the boat was about 12 feet long and carrying four men near Shippan Point in Long Island Sound. They were unable to come back to shore due to strong winds. They called their family members as the wind blew them across the water.
22 Stamford firefighters jumped into action, issuing a marine rescue response. The department’s fire-boat was used as well as on-duty scuba divers. Other units, such as police, marine rescue, EMS, and more responded to the scene.
Responders could not find the vessel right away. This was partly due to wind conditions, a language barrier, and conflicting reports about the last known location.
Additional marine resources were then called in from Darien, Greenwich, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Fire dispatchers at Stamford were able to track the last known location of a cell phone from someone on board.
Once responders reached this area, they began to notice debris in the water. They believed this was from the vessel that was in need of help.
The water teams were able to locate the four men. Teams note the swells in the ocean were heightened due to the wind, reaching three to four feet.
Two of the men pulled in were unconscious and unresponsive, and they were administered CPR, according to DEEP officials. The two others were semi-responsive.
Three boaters were then transported to Stamford Hospital, and another to Norwalk Hospital.
Both men identified Monday by DEEP were pronounced dead at the hospital after life-saving efforts were unsuccessful, DEEP said. As of Sunday, the other two were in critical condition.
The following teams and resources responded:
- Stamford Fire Department
- Stamford Police Department
- Stamford Emergency Medical Services
- Norton Fire Department, Darien, Connecticut
- Greenwich Police Department
- United States Coast Guard
- Norwalk Hospital Emergency Medical Services
- Darien, Post 53, Emergency Medical Services
- Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Conservation Police
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