Police and firefighters are searching for a missing boater in Lyme early Monday morning.
According to officials, the 50-year-old boater was due to return to the Hamburg Cove area at some point Sunday night. His family said he left sometime Sunday morning.
Family members were said to be very distraught. They are waiting at the Lyme Fire Department for any information.
"It’s very sad," said Jacqueline Connor, a neighbor. "This is a lovely area. It’s a nice little recreation area and there’s lots of fishermen.”
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection's EnCon police said that state police were notified of the boater just before 4:20 a.m. The boater's family said they located his car and trailer near Hamburg Cove just off of the Connecticut River around 4 a.m.
"Time is of the essence in this weather," said Lt. Arthur Goodale, state police.
Rescue crews from Lyme, Essex, Deep River and other surrounding towns launched boats in the area around 4:30 a.m. on Monday in an effort to find the boater. The search neared 8 hours as of noon.
"He's an active fisherman, he had come here before," said Col. Kyle Overturf, EnCon police. "Other than that, we are still investigating this incident."
State police dive teams and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter joined the effort.
"It was lots of trucks and activity," Connor said.
Neighbors said they were awoken by the commotion.
"We looked across and we saw the truck and the empty boat trailer and realized, 'oh my God, somebody is out in the water,'" Connor said.
His 12 foot aluminum boat was found by crews in the cove. It was anchored and not capsized, officials said. Personal belongings were aboard.
The boater remains missing.
No description of the boater was released by officials. His name has also not been released; however, officials said is is from Hartford.
It's unclear if anyone else was on board.
Troopers said there's no indication that the boater may have become separated from the boat.
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