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Southold Blotter: Coast Guard suspended search after boat was found in East Marion last week

06/02/2018 6:00 AM |

The Coast Guard was searching for two people in Long Island Sound Monday after a 14-foot white-and-blue sailboat with no mast was found near Truman Beach in East Marion, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Spencer Mugford, 21, and Sophia McKenna, 20, were last seen on a white tandem kayak around 2 a.m. on Sunday via social media, the press release said. When Mr. Mugford did not show up to an event Sunday morning, his parents called the City of Groton Police Department in Connecticut, the release said.

The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday at 10:30 p.m. after looking for the pair for 71 hours and covering a 2,025-square-mile area. The Coast Guard searched with local and state agencies, including assistance from Southold Town police, to identify the boat once it washed ashore, according to Southold police.

“Suspending a search for missing or overdue boaters is never an easy decision to make after an extensive search,” said Cmdr. Andrew Ely, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “We search for every person as if we are searching for one of our own. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Spencer Mugford and Sophia McKenna.”

• Eswin Perez, 34, of Greenport was arrested for driving while intoxicated and driving without a license last Thursday around 2:25 p.m. on Main Road in Greenport after being observed driving on the shoulder of the road, according to Southold police.

• Jose Medrano, 39, of Greenport was arrested on Saturday for DWI around 2:30 a.m., police said.

• A Calverton woman was arrested Saturday near Route 48 and Hortons Lane in Southold after police responded to a report of a vehicle driving erratically around 7:21 a.m., police said. Kimberly Fleischman, 38, was arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a felony, according to police.

• Benjamin Weir, 20, of Riverhead was arrested for DWI Sunday around 4:45 a.m. on Route 48 near Peconic Lane in Peconic after he was found speeding in the area, police said.

Those who are named in police reports have not been convicted of any crime or violation. The charges against them may later be reduced or withdrawn, or they may be found innocent.

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