Milford firefighters locate man stranded on Charles Island

Milford firefighters located a man who had been stranded on Charles Island Tuesday: The man had already made it safely to shore.

The department headed out to look for the man Tuesday at 10:46 a.m. after being alerted that the U.S. Coast Guard had found a person in a raft about two miles off of Milford. That person told the Coast Guard he had left in the early evening Monday and that a person, who had accompanied him, swam to Charles Island to get help.

“Our department dispatched our 30’ fire boat, 19’ fire boat, and a 9’ rescue Jet Ski to search the island and the surrounding waters,” said Fire Department Spokesman Greg Carman. “During this operation, a person approached our command officer and said he was the person we were looking for.”

The man told firefighters that he had been on the island all night waiting for the next low tide to make it back to shore.

Neither of the two men reported serious injuries, Carman said.

NBC Connecticut reported earlier Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard took part in the rescue of two men who were stranded on a raft in Long Island Sound.

“A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and his wife were heading from Port Jefferson in New York to Block Island, Rhode Island this morning when they came across a man in distress in an inflatable boat,” NBC reported.

The news site quoted the U.S. Coast Guard as saying the man was waving a rag or shirt in a sign of distress, and told rescuers that his friend swam to Charles Island.

“This is the type of incident that shows the need for proper equipment when going out on the water and the need to give a float plan to someone on shore,” Carman said. “A float plan gives the details of the time you are leaving and when you expect to return. It will also include your destination and route intended. Proper equipment should include a waterproof light, a marine radio or cell phone, personal flotation device (lifejacket), and a sounding device (air horn or whistle). You should always check the weather before leaving, including the high and low tides.”