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Body found off Montauk IDd as missing captain

A body found floating off Montauk Point has been identified as a tugboat captain from Massachusetts who fell overboard last month, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

The body of Brendan O'Leary, 48, of Marblehead, Mass., was found floating about four miles south of Montauk Point just before 11 a.m. Saturday by a group on a charter fishing boat.

O'Leary was captain of the Steven-Scott, a 91-foot tugboat.

It was towing a barge filled with jet fuel from Long Island to Boston on April 25 when O'Leary disappeared, said Pete Winters, coordinator of search and rescue for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.

Winters said the crew of the Steven-Scott discovered O'Leary was missing about an hour after he was relieved from watch and estimated O'Leary had disappeared somewhere south of Newport, R.I.

Published reports said that, at the time, winds were up to 25 miles per hour, waves were cresting up to 6 feet and the water temperature was 52 degrees.

O'Leary's disappearance sparked a 27-hour search-and-rescue effort by the Coast Guard.

After Saturday's discovery, the Coast Guard, accompanied by an East Hampton Town Police detective, recovered the body.

The Suffolk County medical examiner and East Hampton police are investigating.

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