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Boating accident in New Fairfield under investigation

A boating accident in New Fairfield is under investigation.  State Environmental Conservation Police tasked Brookfield Police divers with finding the submerged vessel early Thursday morning and ensuring there was no one on board.  The divers were able to provide a registration number to investigators, who made contact with the owner. 

The boat sank a few hours prior and everyone on board made it off safely. 

The boat was about 35 feet deep, and divers encountered numerous dock lines, wreckage debris, less than 1-foot visibility, and a gasoline spill.  Brookfield Police say these  factors created an exceptionally dangerous environment with entanglement and hazmat concerns. 

The vessel has been removed from the water.  New Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department Company A, Ball Pond Volunteer Fire Company, and Squantz Pond Fire Department also responded. 

Brookfield Police and EnCon Police are reminding all boaters to notify CT EnCon Police or 911 immediately of all boating accidents. The EnCon 24/7 phone number is (860) 424-3333.

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