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Long Island Sound Two-Day Search For Missing Teen Kayaker Suspended

The mouth of the Connecticut River to the Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook.
The mouth of the Connecticut River to the Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The Coast Guard suspended a two-day search Tuesday at 5 p.m., for a missing teen kayaker in the water near the mouth of the Connecticut River to the Long Island Sound.

Missing is William Zadrozny, an 18-year-old reportedly wearing work boots, a gray and yellow jacket, and jeans.

“After working with our port partners to search extensively throughout the night and today, we’ve made the difficult decision to suspend the search,” said Cmdr. Andrew Ely, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “The decision to suspend is never made lightly, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of William Zadrozny.”

Late Monday afternoon, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from a good Samaritan reporting an overturned kayak with a lifejacket and fishing gear on board.

The Coast Guard along with state and local agencies searched for a total of 33 hours and saturated a 381square-mile area to locate the missing kayaker.

The Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.

The disappearance of the 18-year-old comes after two others, a 21-year-old man and his 20-year-old girlfriend who were originally thought to be kayaking before authorities discovered an empty sailboat, went missing off the coast of Groton in eastern Connecticut early Sunday morning.

Assets included in the search for the 18-year-old were:

  • A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station New London
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an 87-foot cutter homeported in Newport, Rhode Island
  • An HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • Old Lyme Police & Fire Department
  • Old Saybrook Police & Fire Department
  • The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Seatow

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