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.