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Two kayakers found drowned on Martha's Vineyard
By Associated Press, 10/15/02
EDGARTOWN, Mass. -- Two men were found drowned Tuesday morning after trying to swim after a kayak that drifted from the sandbar where they were fishing on a Martha's Vineyard pond, officials said.
Their bodies were spotted submerged in Sengakontacket Pond on Tuesday morning by a Coast Guard helicopter after they were reported missing Monday night. State environmental police identified the men as Wesley Barboza, 27, and Romuolo Delameida, 24, both of Oak Bluffs.
The men, both natives of Brazil, took the one-passenger kayak to a sandbar on the salt water-fed pond on Friday, according to Cape and Islands First Assistant District Attorney Michael O'Keefe.
The kayak dislodged from the sandbar while the men were fishing, and they drowned trying to retrieve it, O'Keefe said.
The men had been expected back Monday evening from the fishing trip, Coast Guard officials said. A sister of one of the men reported them missing at about midnight.
A Coast Guard helicopter performed a search at about 2 a.m. Tuesday and spotted the 15-foot kayak submerged, but saw no sign of the men. Both were spotted shortly after another air search began at about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Neither man was wearing a life jacket, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Jamie Knife.