Man missing in Connecticut River identified - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Man missing in Connecticut River identified


The name of the father of 10, who went missing near the mouth of the Connecticut River, was released Tuesday by Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

Yuri Kirpichev, 51, of West Springfield, was on a boat with another man and two kids on Sunday night between Old Lyme and Fenwick Point, authorities said.

Kirpichev was trying to reel in a bluefish when he lost the rod and jumped in after it.

Old Saybrook firefighters said another boat came across the other adult, who had also gone in the water, who said that Kirpichev was missing.

The other three people who had been in the boat with Kirpichev were all taken to shore safely and checked out by medical personnel.

Kirpichev is known to fish that area about two times a week, authorities said.

Fire boats from Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Westbrook, Clinton and Essex searched the Sound Sunday and Monday. The United States Coast Guard is in charge of the recovery operations, which is being assisted by DEEP officials and state police.

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