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Missing Swimmer in Larchmont is Mount Vernon Firefighter

James Drago, a Mount Vernon firefighter and father of three boys is the man missing since Saturday, June 26 from a boat moored off the Larchmont Shore Club. The identity was confirmed by Sergeant William Walsh of the Larchmont Police Department and Mount Vernon Fire Commissioner Noah Lighty after Mr. Drago’s family made known his disappearance to the Journal News.

According to the police, Mr. Drago, 49, had been swimming off the boat with a woman. She returned to the boat, and when she went back out, she was unable to see Mr. Drago. The woman, whose name has not been released, called 911.

Commissioner Lighty said Mr. Drago was “an outstanding firefighter” with the department since 1998. His eldest son is 15. “He was well liked on the job and always gave 100%,” said the commissioner. “He’s a great guy – always looking to extend a hand to help someone.”

An extensive search from around 1:30 pm to 10 pm failed to find Mr. Drago. Marine units were called in from the Coast Guard, New Rochelle, Village of Mamaroneck and New York City. Westchester County Department of Public Safety Aviation was involved – at least three helicopters were seen searching the water. There were also a number of divers.

As of 9:30 am Monday, June 28, Mr. Drago had not been found.

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3 comments to Missing Swimmer in Larchmont is Mount Vernon Firefighter

  • deepest sympathy to all the family circle – pray to God they at least find the body so they can get some kind of foreclosure. My prayers are with you all in your time of need

  • I can’t believe it. He was my son’s baseball coach in McLean Heights. He was great with the kids. They loved him and he loved them back. Even years later we would run into him and he would come and say hello to my son and chat with us. I feel so bad for his family. My deepest sympathy to them. I pray for God to give them strength and that his body would be found so they can have closure. He was a great guy.


    I was very sorry to hear about Jimmy. I prayed he would be found so that the family can say their good-byes and kiss him. My son Michael knew all the Dragos and had great respoect for them. They all grew up together. Before my son passed he wanted to get together with Jimmy, but he passed one week before his trip to New York. He will be missed. Stay strong

    Mrs. Nugent