Body ID'd as missing tug boat captain
Originally published: May 6, 2012 11:21 AM
Updated: May 6, 2012 11:34 AM
By JENNIFER BARRIOS email@example.com
A body found floating off Montauk Point on Saturday has been identified as a tugboat captain from Massachusetts who fell overboard last month, the Coast Guard said.
The body of Brendan O'Leary, 48, of Marblehead, Mass. was found floating about four miles south of Montauk Point just before 11 a.m. Saturday by a group on a charter fishing boat.
O'Leary was captain of the Steven-Scott, a 91-foot tugboat based in New York that was towing a barge filled with jet fuel from Long Island to Boston on April 25 when O'Leary went missing, said Pete Winters, coordinator of search and rescue for U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound.
Winters said the crew of the Steven-Scott discovered O'Leary was missing about an hour after he was relieved from watch, and estimated O'Leary had disappeared somewhere south of Newport, R.I.
O'Leary's disappearance sparked a 27-hour search and rescue effort by the Coast Guard.
After Saturday's discovery, the Coast Guard, accompanied by an East Hampton Town Police detective, recovered the body.
The Suffolk County Medical Examiner and East Hampton police are investigating.