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The NYSS only teaches on Sonar. It was first day of school too. Tragic.
LARCHMONT — Police said Monday that the missing sailing student who went overboard when a squall hit his boat Sunday afternoon was a 30-year-old Irish national from outside Westchester County.
The search continued this morning for the man, whose name has not been released.
The man was on a 23-foot sailboat with two other students and his instructor when the wind from the storm blew the boat steeply to one side, sending the student and instructor into the water, said Sgt. Rudy Rodriguez of the New Rochelle police department's Marine Unit.
The instructor made it back to the boat and threw a square flotation device to the victim, but the winds separated the man from the device and his fellow boaters lost sight of him in the poor visibility of the storm, which hit about 3:30 p.m.
The mission to find the man is no longer considered a rescue, Rodriguez said.
The man was not wearing a life jacket at the time he disappeared, authorities said. The law required that the boat carry life jackets for every passenger on board, but not that the passengers wear them.
Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Charles Rowe said searchers with small boats scoured the area all night, and a helicopter has been brought up from Atlantic City today to assist in the search. The New Rochelle Marine Unit is also continuing the search.
Last night, the search extended up to Rye, Rodriguez said. Today searchers are going east from the New Rochelle municipal marina.
The boat was not damaged and no one else was injured. The boat was towed to shore and a New Rochelle police department vessel brought the two remaining students to shore. All the students had just met at the school that morning for a lesson and did not previously know one another, Rodriguez said.
Police confirmed the instructor and students were from the New York Sailing School in New Rochelle. A call to the school went unanswered on Monday morning.
The school, based out of Pelham Road in New Rochelle, has been running sailing classes and renting sailboats since 1968. It advertises that it has been using its 23-foot Sonar sailboats since 1981 because of their "comfort, speed, safety, maneuverability and performance."
Police are not releasing the identity of the missing man pending notification of his family in Ireland. Rodriguez said the man is believed to have lived in New York City.
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