UPDATE: Dive Search for Missing Woman Called Off for Night

Nine people were saved Sunday after a 50-foot boat sunk off the coast of Fishers Island; one female is still missing.

Update, 9:10 p.m.: The United States Coast Guard has called off a dive search for a missing woman due to dangerous tide and current conditions.

According to Coast Guard Lt. Jeff Janaro, the search was called off around 8:40 p.m. and will reconvene Monday morning at first light, reportedly as a recovery, not a rescue, operation.

Janaro said a helicopter and patrol boat will continue to search the area overnight.

Update, 8:00 p.m.  A United States Coast Guard helicopter, an 87-foot patrol boat, and several other surface units continue to search for a missing woman off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat overturned.

The helicopter was called in from the U.S. Coast Guard Cape Cod base to help in the search. The boats are conducting a surface search.

According to Lt. Jeff Janaro of the U.S.C.G., the boat was located by officials, roughly one-quarter of a mile north of Clay Point on Fishers Island, and about two miles south of Noank, Conn.

The USCG,   , , and L&M Medics have responded to the scene.

Original story: The United States Coast Guard and divers from a Connecticut fire department are searching for a missing person off of Fishers Island after a 50-foot pleasure boat struck rocks and sunk in 42 feet of water.

According to Lt. Jeff Janaro of the USCG, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. the privately-owned boat had 10 people on board when it sunk, with all but one passenger saved by Coast Guard officials and other individuals in the area.

Janaro said a female remains unaccounted for and Mystic Fire Department divers are on scene, and the other nine passengers are reportedly in good health after being rescued.

Janaro said he did not have a precise location, though the incident occurred north of the island, closer to the western side.

Check back with Patch as more information becomes available.


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