Body of kayaker missing off Long Island found near the Bronx

October 27, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) — The body of a kayaker who went missing off Long Island was recovered near the Bronx, Coast Guard officials said,

A rescue swimmer from a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted the body of 45-year-old Laurence Broderick in the water near Orchard Beach at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

Broderick reportedly left Hempstead at about 9 p.m. Monday, a few hours before heavy rain started falling in the region, and was headed to Mamaroneck. He was reported missing early Tuesday morning.

Broderick was wearing a life jacket when his body was found, authorities said. His kayak, with his cellphone in it, was found on Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.

Capt. Zeita Merchant, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, offered condolences to Broderick’s family in a statement.

“The Coast Guard and area law enforcement teams searched diligently for Mr. Broderick from the moment we were informed that he was missing and, as with everyone impacted by the news, were hoping for a different outcome of today’s mission,” Merchant said. “Today’s events were truly tragic in nature, and we continue to urge all recreational craft users in the area to heed weather and condition warnings as they consider whether or not to go out on the water.”