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Body Of Missing Canoeist Found Off Norwalk

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NORWALK, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Coast Guard says the body of a missing canoeist has been recovered from Long Island Sound.

Authorities say a state police dive team found the body of the 40-year-old man, whose name has not been released, overnight. They said his wallet with personal identification was also found in his pocket.

The man fell into water with three other men after their canoe capsized Monday afternoon near Calf Pasture Point.

Norwalk Police Lt. Paul Resnick said the men went fishing in a 12-foot canoe, which quickly began taking on water. He said the victim wasn’t wearing a life vest didn’t know how to swim and fell into chilly water with a temperature in the upper 50s.

“If you have a two-man canoe, you should have two men and not four,” Resnick said. “I think you should have a life-preserver for each party, they should be wearing that life-preserver.”

Charter Captain Frank Lanzo told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams said the sound often looks calm, but the currents can be deceptive.

“At the change of a wind blow, that’s it — it’s quick,” he said.

Monday night, the man’s friends gathered with candles near the boat ramp where he left on what was supposed to be a brief fishing excursion.

One woman said the man and his friends were excited to be getting out on the water.

“They said, ‘we’re going fishing, tomorrow’s Memorial Day,'” she said. “He’s off because he works very hard.”

Police and fire fighters from neighboring towns joined Norwalk police, state police, environmental protection officers and the Coast Guard in the search, which lasted for more than eight hours.

Norwalk police said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death, but said there was no visible signs of trauma. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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