Two NYC fishermen dead in Westchester County boating accident

LEWISBORO, N.Y. — Two men are dead after their fishing boat capsized on the Muscoot Reservoir in Westchester County, about 50 miles northeast of midtown Manhattan, police said Tuesday.

State Police Capt. David Atkins tells reporters a local fisherman discovered the overturned boat at about 7 a.m. before calling police.

The men, identified as Ngan We Kong, 48, of Brooklyn, and Weitao Ma, 47, of Staten Island, called relatives as darkness fell around 5 p.m. Monday to say they planned to keep fishing. Atkins says the two had a fishing permit and were wearing life jackets.

Authorities are now trying to determine what caused the boat to capsize and if heavy rain had something to do with it.

Preliminary cause of death has been deemed to be related to drowning and hypothermia. This incident continues to be considered accidental. Specific cause of death is pending determination by the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office.

Atkins says the reservoir water is about 38 degrees.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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