OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WWLP-AP) - Rescue workers are searching for a man who fell from a boat while fishing at the mouth of the Connecticut River.
Lt. Jeff Janaro of the U.S. Coast Guard told 22News that they are searching for Yuri Kirvpichev, 58, who fell into the water on Sunday after his fishing pole went overboard, and he attempted to retrieve it.
WFSB-TV reports that he is a father of 10 from western Massachusetts, who frequently fishes in the area near Griswold Point in Old Lyme. Janero told 22News that he knows Kirvpichev's family is from Massachusetts, but he could not specify exactly where he is from.
Our Connecticut sister station, WTNH-TV, quoting The Day newspaper of New London, reports that the man was not wearing a life vest at the time.
State conservation officers, the Coast Guard, and local fire departments all were assisting in the search Sunday near the mouth of the river at Old Saybrook and Old Lyme. The search was suspended after the sun went down, but shore and water searches resumed Monday morning.
A Coast Guard cutter and a rescue helicopter were brought-in as part of the search.
The three other people on the boat were brought to shore by emergency crews and were unharmed.
Kirvpichev had been wearing jeans and a yellow tee shirt. If you have any information, you are urged to call Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at (203) 468-4401.
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