Officials name waterfowl hunters killed in boating accident
Jan. 22, 2018
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut authorities have released the names of two waterfowl hunters who were killed in a boating accident.
The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Monday that 33-year-old Joseph Formica, of East Haddam, and 31-year-old Joseph Grzelak, of Griswold, died from injuries they sustained Saturday. The department says another hunter, 29-year-old Justin Besade, of Uncasville, was treated and released from the hospital.
Officials say their boat overturned off Mumford Cove near Groton. Firefighters rescued Formica and Grzelak from the frigid water and Besade was found ashore after swimming to safety. Emergency responders recovered the 16-foot motorboat.
A local resident called authorities Saturday morning to report seeing a swamped boat with no occupants. Firefighters from Groton and the U.S. Coast Guard responded.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.