The 43-year-old man who died after being thrown from a boat into the water of Long Island Sound after it hit a buoy near New Haven Harbor late Saturday has been identified as Joseph Regan of Milford, according to the New Haven Register.
The only passenger, a 47-year-old man from Guilford, was also ejected but swam back to the boat and radioed for help, the Register said. The Milford man was driving the 24-foot Seaswirl boat, the story said.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a distress call on Channel 16 from the passenger, who said the boat had collided with a buoy in New Haven Harbor, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
They launched a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station New Haven, who pulled the ejected boater from the water and transferred the second boater from the distressed vessel to the 29-foot Response Boat Small.
Once aboard the RBS, the boat crew began administering CPR to the ejected boater, who had no pulse.
Once the boater regained a pulse, the boatcrew safely transferred both of the boaters to emergency medical services, who were waiting at a pier in Long Wharf in New Haven.
Both the operator and passenger, who have not been identified, were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where the operator was pronounced dead, the Register said.
State Environmental Conservation Police are investigating the accident.
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