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Bodies of Two Missing Westchester Fishermen Recovered

Penfield Reef in Fairfield, Conn., on the Long Island Sound (indicated with the red indicator.
Penfield Reef in Fairfield, Conn., on the Long Island Sound (indicated with the red indicator. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The bodies of two missing Westchester men who had been fishing when they were swept out into Long Island Sound were recovered Saturday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard

A group of four men from Yonkers had been fishing together at Penfield Reef in Fairfield, Conn.,  with three in the water and one on the beach, Police Chief Gary MacNamara told the Connecticut Post.

The Coast Guard said it was notified that three people had been swept out into the Sound at 7:45 a.m. Saturday.

Rescue crews were launched and searched a 22-square-mile area surrounding Penfield Reef, the Coast Guard said.

One man was rescued by the Fairfield Fire Department shortly after 8 a.m., the Connecticut Post said. The man was unconscious, but he was revived, the Post said.

The Coast Guard search was suspended at 2 p.m. and switched to recovery mode.

Their bodies were recovered at about 4 p.m. Saturday during low tide by the Fairfield Police Marine Unit, according to NBC Connecticut.

The two men were identified as Jose Cruz, 40, and Victor Paulino, 32, both of Bruce Avenue in Yonkers, according to the Connecticut Post.

Taking part in the search were a boatcrew from the Coast Guard Station New Haven; a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod; the Fairfield Police Department Marine Unit; and the Bridgeport Fire Department Marine Unit.

Click here for the story at NBC Connecticut.

Click here for the story at the Connecticut Post.

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