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Coast Guard, passerby save three after boat overturns

STRATFORD – Three people were rescued after their boat capsized near Stratford Sunday afternoon.

A passerby called the Coast Guard’s Long Island Sound center around 2:30 p.m. and reported three people in the water at the mouth of the Housatonic River, the Coast Guard said. Members from the Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation team were nearby at the time of the call.

The team arrived to find two people clinging to the hull of the boat while the third had been rescued by the passerby who made the call. None of the boaters were wearing life jackets, the Coast Guard said.

“These are three extremely lucky mariners, who should have all been wearing life jackets,” Petty Officer 1st Class Dustin James, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, said in a release. “This may have ended much worse if help wasn’t nearby.”

The three were taken to the Milford Police Department, who took them to Milford Harbor.

Mark Saunders