Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman in Old Saybrook

The Coast Guard says they have suspended the active search for a 51-year-old Massachusetts man who went into the water while fishing off a boat near the mouth of the Connecticut River. 

Yuri Kirvpichev, of West Springfield, Mass., had gone missing at about 8 p.m.  Sunday after he lost his fishing pole overboard and tried to retrieve it. Kirvpichev was last seen in the water by his two sons and a friend who were aboard the boat, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard was called in by the Old Saybrook Fire Department and searched the area with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a rescue boat from Station New London and Cutter Ridley from Montauk, N.Y. They were joined by members of the Old Saybrook, Essex, Clinton and Westbrook fire departments and rescue and dive teams from other local agencies.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kirvpichev family,” said Lt. Jeff Janaro, public affairs officer for U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Long Island Sound. “The decision to suspend a search is never easy. Coast Guard and local rescue crews saturated more than 140 square miles during the 30 hour search.”

Kirvpichev was reported as not wearing a life jacket when he entered the water.

“Wearing a lifejacket while operating on or near the water can save lives,” said Janaro in a written statement. “Lifejackets helps in keeping the head above water, which aids in proper breathing and makes it easier for responders to locate persons in the water.”

The active search was officially suspended Monday evening.

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