Woman missing after trawler sinks off Southold

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Rescuers took to the air and water in search of a woman who disappeared after the boat she was on sank near Fishers Island off Southold Sunday afternoon.

Peter Winters, coordinator of search and rescue for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Conn., said the Coast Guard received a distress call from the 50-foot trawler about 2:30 p.m. reporting that the boat had struck rocks on the north side of Fishers Island and was quickly taking on water.

Winters said rescuers raced to the scene, but 5 to 8 minutes after the initial strike, the boat had sunk 42 feet to the bottom of the Sound.

Ten people were aboard the vessel, but only nine were accounted for, Winters said.

The tenth, a woman, had been in the cabin of the boat when it sank and remained missing almost two hours later, Winters said.

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All the people who were recovered were wearing life jackets, he said. It was not known if the missing woman was wearing a life jacket.

Winters said a Coast Guard helicopter had been dispatched from Air Station Cape Cod to search the surface of the water, and several Connecticut fire and police departments sent dive teams to search for the woman.

The boat was based in Noank, Conn., Winters said.

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