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Danbury man drowns in kayak accident on Long Island Sound

A Danbury man has died after his kayak capsized on Long Island Sound this weekend.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection identified the man as 22-year old Arpi Oscar Castillo.  His wife was hospitalized after the incident. 

Stamford Fire officials received a report of someone ins a kayak in trouble on Sunday afternoon and found the woman struggling, about 20 feet from the rocky shoreline.  She was suffering the effects of hypothermia. 

The U.S. Coast Guard searched the water and found the fishing poles and a backpack in the water.  The victim was located a short time later. 

The couple were not wearing life jackets.  State regulation requires anyone aboard a kayak or canoe to wear personal flotation devices between October 31st and May 31st.

Stamford Marine Police say with wind gusting at 30 mph with waves two to four feet high, it does not appear the couple took the weather into consideration before they launched their kayak from Cove Island Park.


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