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Body Of Pomfret Woman Recovered In Boating Accident

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Coast Guard (Tim Boyles/Getty Images)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A woman’s body was recovered Monday from the wreckage of a 50-foot power boat that sank after hitting a rock in Long Island Sound, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The vessel, Priceless, was carrying 10 people on a Sunday cruise near Fishers Island when it struck the rock, took on water and quickly sank. Nine boaters and a dog were rescued from the water by other boats.

The Coast Guard deployed two boats, a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft to search for the missing woman, Mary Patenaude of Pomfret, Conn. The search was suspended after a woman’s body was found inside the sunken boat.

John Olsen, the command duty officer for the Coast Guard in New Haven, said there is a buoy marking the rock that was hit by the boat near Fishers Island, at the eastern end of Long Island Sound. He said the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Statements from survivors indicate that Patenaude attempted to re-enter the vessel as it was sinking, Old Mystic Fire Chief Ken Richards Jr. told The Day of New London.

Passenger Nick Rauh, 16, told the newspaper that the boat had set out from the Westerly Yacht Club and the group planned to share dinner after the cruise.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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