DEEP: Storm Sandy - Missing and Found Boats

Missing Boats and Found Boats
 
FOR ALL BOATS:
 
Contact the authorities listed below with the following information:
  • the identifying numbers:  “CT NUMBER” REGISTRATION NUMBER OR HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER.
  • last known location of the boat if missing or the location of the boat if found
  • description of the boat
PLEASE USE A NON-EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER TO CALL POLICE, UNLESS AN EMERGENCY EXISTS.
 
To report a missing boat:
On a lake:  Please report your missing boat to the local police department.  If the lake lies in several municipalities, please report the missing boat to all police departments that have jurisdiction on the lake.  If the lake has a Lake Authority, please report the missing vessel to the Lake Authority as well. 
On a river:  Please report the missing boat to the local police who have jurisdiction over the area from which the vessel was lost.  Also, please notify CT DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333, state that it is a non-emergency, and report the missing vessel.  Also, if the boat might reach Long Island Sound, please notify the Coast Guard at  USCG Sector Long Island Sound, 203-468-4401 as a NON-EMERGENCY.
 
On or near Long Island Sound:  Please notify the local police department with jurisdiction over the area from where the vessel was lost, the local harbormaster (if there is one), DEEP Dispatch as a NON-EMERGENCY at 860-424-3333 AND the USCG Long Island Sound Sector at 203-468-4401 as a NON-EMERGENCY.

Boaters can check DEEP’s website at
www.ct.gov/deep/boating for more information concerning missing or found boats.
For displaced boats that are found:
 
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT A FOUND BOAT IS SOMEONE ELSE’S PROPERTY, EVEN IF IT HAS LANDED ON YOUR PROPERTY.  It must be returned to the rightful owner if possible.
 
Secure the boat (it may float away);
On a lake:  Please report the found boat to your local police department.  If the lake has a Lake Authority, please report the lost vessel to the Lake Authority as well. 
 
On a river:  Please report the found boat to your local police.  Also, please notify CT DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333, state that it is a non-emergency, and report the found vessel. 
 
On or near Long Island Sound:  Please notify the local police department with jurisdiction over the area where the vessel was found, the local harbormaster (if there is one), DEEP Dispatch as a NON-EMERGENCY at 860-424-3333 AND the USCG Long Island Sound Sector at 203-468-4401 as a NON-EMERGENCY.
For municipal displaced boats that are found:
 
         Secure the boat (it may float away) or move the boat to secure municipal property;
         Find the boat’s identifying numbers;
         Identify the owner through CATER (available to the police) or through the DMV;
         Notify DEEP using the email below and notify the USCG if found on Long Island Sound; and,
         Contact the owner and arrange retrieval.

Make sure that if a boat is collected and moved, that the location where the boat was initially found is recorded.

A boat will generally have two identifying numbers associated with it – a registration number and a hull identification number (HIN). Most boats can be matched to their owner through one of the two numbers. The registration number will be on the front of the boat in 3-inch block letters-numbers, and may have a form similar to this: "CT 1234 AB". The HIN is embossed in very small characters and is located on the back of the boat, on the outside and on the upper right hand corner of the back, and has a form similar to "ABC12345A123". PLEASE RECORD AND REPORT BOTH NUMBERS, if possible. If the boat doesn’t have any such numbers, please feel free to contact us at the email address below.

Municipal police departments can check the identifying numbers through the State’s CATER system. If for some reason they cannot, you can fax a request for ownership information ON MUNICIPAL LETTERHEAD to the DMV Marine Vessel Section at 860-263-5555. The returned information can be used to identify and locate the owner. Boat ownership information is considered to be CONFIDENTIAL and should not be given to the general public.

Please note, unpowered boats are not required to be registered, therefore there may be no record of the boat in any database.

General Notes: 

Please notify DEEP of any missing or found boats, and include the registration number of the missing or found boats, using this email:  Timothy.Delgado@ct.gov

You can also use this email address to ask any questions.

While DEEP has no official role and no funding to deal with displaced boats, we may be able to match owners to their boats as owners notify us. DEEP will notify local municipalities as we receive word of displaced boats.

Finally, if the vessel is found on LONG ISLAND SOUND or on property abutting Long Island Sound, please notify the Coast Guard at 203-468-4401 to report the finding and proceed with the other steps.

 
 
Content last updated November 2, 2012