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UPDATED: Boy Found in Sound, Tells Rescuers His Father 'Went Down'

Kings Park couple rescues boy, who was blowing a whistle tied around his neck. Divers are searching for his missing father.

Divers are searching the waters of the Long Island Sound for a missing man after boaters discovered a 5-year-old boy drifting along the shores of Kings Park Bluff Friday.

Ted and Kathy Sandomenico of Kings Park spotted the boy, who was wearing a life preserver, around 2:45 p.m. floating at the entrance to the Nissequogue River. He was shivering and blowing a whistle that was tied around his neck. An empty kayak was found nearby.

"I said, 'Where is your father?'" Ted Sandomenico said.

"He said, 'He went down.'"

Ted and Kathy Sandomenico, who have been boaters for 42 years, were on their way to Milford, Conn. for a weekend trip.

Ambulance and fire departments from Nesconset, Kings Park and Northport soon rushed on the scene, and officials confirmed divers are searching the waters for a missing person.

A Suffolk County Police Helicopter is also circling the area and boats from the Mount Sinai, Setauket and Port Jefferson fire departments are in the water.

The boy's mother was called to the scene, and was reunited with her son around 6:45 p.m.

This is the second boating accident in the Sound within week. On Wednesday, a 71-year-old Patchogue woman drowned after a fishing boat she was on with her daughter and one other person capsized near the Old Field Point lighthouse.

Check back frequently for updates on this evolving story.

LInda C. August 12, 2011 at 09:31 PM
So sad.
Peggy Gilmartin August 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I was down at the bluff enjoying a cup of iced coffee, and the beautiful water, and weather when all the commotion broke out! So sad, it was comforting to see the little 5 year old was ok, but terrible that his Dad is still missing.
paula August 12, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Is the family from Kings Park?
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) August 12, 2011 at 11:53 PM
@Paula. As of 8pm the police have not released the name of the town that the family is from.
Andrew Tetreault August 12, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Kings Park FD requested back to the scene by Suffolk County Fire Rescue to bring Light Truck to help Suffolk County Police Department & New York City Police Department in continuing search, Andrew Port Jeff Patch Freelancer
I live in KP August 13, 2011 at 01:29 AM
KINGS PARK (WABC) -- The Coast Guard is searching for a missing kayaker in the Nissequogue River on Long Island. The Coast Guard began searching for 42-year-old Patrick Luca of Smithtown around 3:30 p.m. in Kings Park, Suffolk County.
LInda C. August 13, 2011 at 04:12 PM
The body was found. My heart goes out to the family. A father and son outing turned out so tragically. Prayers for the family. So sad.
Joel Reinleib August 17, 2011 at 12:21 AM
No, they live in Smithtown

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