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Westport Police Rescue Three After Canoe Capsizes Off Cockenoe Island

Westport Marine Police rescued three people from a capsized canoe in the waters off Cockenoe Island in Long Island Sound
Westport Marine Police rescued three people from a capsized canoe in the waters off Cockenoe Island in Long Island Sound Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. — Three men whose canoe capsized in the waters of Long Island Sound off Cockenoe Island were rescued by the Westport Police Department's Marine Division.

A VHF distress call regarding a capsized vessel was received by the Westport Police Marine Division at about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept 5, police said in a statement.

Three people were in the water of Long Island Sound east of Cockenoe Island, according to the distress call.

Marine Officer Brendan Fearon and Detective Serenity Dobson responded to the area in Marine Unit 2 and found three adult men floating in the water and separated from their canoe, police said.

The three men were pulled from the water onto the police boat and found to be in good health, police said.

All were wearing lifejackets at the time their boat tipped over, police said. Their boat, an 18-foot canoe, was recovered and towed to Compo Marina, police said.

The three men had been fishing and capsized in the choppy waters, police said. They reported they had been in the water for 15 minutes when a passing sailboat spotted them and radioed the distress call, police said.

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