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.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Debunking 5 viral rumors about Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser
- Patti Davis: Why I don't recall all the details of my sexual assault
- GOP, Kavanaugh accuser in standoff over her Senate testimony WATCH
- Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter
- In 1992, Cory Booker admitted to groping a high school classmate and issued a call for sexual respect
The cause of the accident is under investigation.