USCG find body of missing boater who departed from Groton marina

New London

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound has found the body of a boater who departed from a Groton marina and was reported missing Friday evening.

According to officials, Sector Long Island Sound received a report of a missing boater identified as 49-year-old Matthew Lyon.

Police say Lyon left Groton Elks Lodge and Marina at approximately 2 p.m. Friday in his 14-foot cream-colored McKee boat and was reported overdue at around 5:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard had been searching for Lyon since Friday evening. They found a body in the water two nautical miles north of Great Gull Island in New York Saturday morning, which was later identified as Lyon.

About 20 other agencies helped the Coast Guard search for Lyon.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Matthew Lyon,” said Capt. Eva Van Camp, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “This tragedy emphasizes the inherent dangers of marine activities, and we urge all boaters to take basic steps to ensure their safety before getting underway, including checking the weather, filing a float plan and wearing a life jacket. We’re grateful for the effective coordination we have with our partner agencies which led to the quick recovery of Mr. Lyon’s body.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation. Anyone who has information is encouraged to call Sector Long Island Sound Command Center at (203)468-4421.

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