Two men died and one man was hurt after their boat capsized while they were waterfowl hunting off the coast of Groton on Saturday morning, officials said.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identified the victims as 33-year-old Joseph Formica of East Haddam and 31-year-old Joseph Grzelak of Griswold. Justin Besade, 29, of Uncasville, was treated and released from the hospital on Saturday afternoon.
DEEP'S Environmental Conservation Police, ENCON, responded to reports of an overturned vessel just after 9 a.m. on Saturday morning in Mumford Cove in Groton.
Multiple agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, units from the Groton Long Point Police Department, Groton Town Police, and the Groton Long Point Fire Department, responded to a call from a resident who said witnessed a 16ft open motorboat with no one inside.
Upon arrival, crews said they found one duck hunter on the shore at Bluff Point State Park by the U.S. Coast Guard. The other two duck hunters were rescued from the water in Mumford Cove by Groton Long Point Fire Department.
Officials said all three people were transported to L&M Hospital in New London.
The vessel was recovered and the accident is being investigated by ENCON police, as well as, the ENCON Boating Accident Reconstruction Unit.
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