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Flares prompt Coast Guard search off Madison coast

Posted August 10

— The U.S. Coast Guard is searching Long Island Sound off the coast of Madison after red flares were seen late Wednesday.

According to Coast Guard officials, the two flares were spotted by two different sources around 10:45 p.m.

Thursday morning, two unmarked kayaks were found about a mile off the shore of Madison; however, the Coast Guard said neither contained any gear nor showed any signs of recent use. The kayaks were blue and yellow.

Fire department boats from Madison, Guilford, Westbrook and Clinton searched the water along with a 45-foot Coast Guard boat overnight. The Coast Guard completely took over the search by mid-morning.

Officials said on Thursday that the Coast Guard boat remains in the water off the coast of Madison. It was joined by a fixed-wing aircraft from the Coast Guard station in Cape Cod at daybreak. However, the plane has since departed.

Crews could soon suspend the search pending further developments.

The public and other boaters have been told to be on the lookout.

"I came down to go for my morning paddle board and there were fire trucks here and firefighters looking out at the sea," said Matt Kenna, an eyewitness. "And I went out and saw the Coast Guard plane flying around."

Eyewitness News was told that no one has been reported missing in the area.

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