MONTAUK, N.Y. (WLNE)— The search has been called off after a 32-year-old Rhode Island fisherman went missing Saturday off the coast of Long Island.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, Carl Whitney of Charlestown, R.I. went overboard on Saturday evening around 11:20 p.m.
He was on the commercial fishing vessel, Hope and Sydney. Crews reported the accident about 16 nautical miles south of Montauk Point.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the crew also reported Whitney was not wearing a life jacket.
Coast Guard crews searched throughout the night and morning, covering over 608 square miles, but were unable to recover Whitney.
In a statement, Captain Eva Van Camp, commander of Coast Guard Long Island Sound said, “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Carl Whitney today. This tragic incident emphasizes the inherent dangers associated with being out on the water, and we urge all commercial and recreational mariners to take basic steps to ensure their safety before getting underway, including checking the weather, filing a float plan and wearing a life jacket.”
Whitney went overboard the day after a teenage fisherman was swept out to sea at Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach. The search for the teenager continued Sunday, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
Whitney’s mom posted to Facebook saying, “They have called off the search. They have looked everywhere. They can’t find him.. I have a broken heart. RIP, my son, always in my heart, I love you dearly. 32 yrs is way to young.”