Larchmont police detectives this morning conducted an additional search by boat of the coastline, but they were unable to find James Drago, a 49-year-old Mount Vernon firefighter and father of three boys missing since Saturday, June 26 from a power boat moored in the vicinity of Hen and Chickens, a rocky reef in the Long Island Sound not far from the Larchmont Harbor.
Mr. Drago had been swimming around 1 pm on Saturday with a companion – identified by police only as a woman in her late twenties. She entered the boat, and when she came on deck a while later and was unable to find him, she called 911.
“We’re treating this as a missing person report,” said Lt. Antonino Rigano, spokesperson for the Larchmont Police Department. “We’re still looking, we haven’t stopped, the investigation continues – we’re doing as much as we can to locate the victim.”
“If you do see the body, contact law enforcement, stay in the vicinity but do not touch or move the body,” advised Lt. Rigano. “Dialing 911 would be the best.”
Since Saturday, members of Local 107, the Mount Vernon firefighters union, have been searching the shoreline on foot or by boat in their off time hoping to discover something, according to one of the members who did not want to be quoted. Mr. Drago was on sick leave on Saturday because of stitches in his finger caused by a non-work related injury, said the same firefighter.
Following the original call of a missing swimmer, an extensive search was mounted that involved marine units from the Coast Guard, New Rochelle, Village of Mamaroneck and New York City. At least three helicopters were deployed from Westchester County Department of Public Safety and there were several divers seen off Larchmont Manor Park.