• Three Adults Safe After Boat Capsizes On Lake Lillinonah Monday Night

    Police report that three adults from Norwalk, who were traveling on the Lake Lillinonah section of the Housatonic River in a small boat at about 8:30 pm on Monday, June 8, fell into the cold water when their boat capsized.

    All three people — two men and a woman — made it to shore after the incident, but it was several hours before they were found by first responders and then transported to Danbury Hospital for medical attention, police said.

  • NUSAR Gains Three New Certified Ice Divers

    Three members of Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) became certified in ice diving on Easter weekend.

    On April 4, the NUSAR members stepped into the frigid, and in places ice-covered water at Eickler’s Cove Marina with instructor Kevin Brodley from Safety First Divers.

    The newly certified divers are, from left in the above photo, Lee Wassen, Mark Frazen, and Dr Mike Cassetta. 

  • Resident’s Dive Medicine Conference Covering Cold, Deep Water Safety, Shark Habitats

    DANBURY — Newtown’s “diver doctor,” David Charash, DO, is poised to host the next in a series of annual Dive Medicine Conferences on April 11 at Danbury’s Ethan Allan Inn at 21 Lake Ave Extension. Welcoming vendors and exhibitors including Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR), Dr Charash told The Newtown Bee that he is honored to be bringing in one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep water diving.

  • NUSAR Breaks The Ice: Dive Team Braves The Cold To Practice Ice Rescue On Lillinonah

    Michael McCarthy stood on the bottom of Lake Lillinonah Sunday morning, March 8, with a clear view of the surface. “We were standing on the bottom beneath a hole in the ice and we could see guys on the top,” he said. The view was “really great.”

    He and other Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members Jeremy Stein and Hans Williams were suited up in thermals and dive suits, participating in a monthly drill — this month conducted at the boat ramp off of Hanover Road.

  • Newtown High School Connections Students Learn About NUSAR

    Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members visited Newtown High School on Friday, March 28, to offer a demonstration of what the volunteer group does and the types of equipment it uses.

    NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy said the high school students were offered a tour of one of NUSAR’s rescue vehicles, learned safety precautions followed by NUSAR, and learned the different types of tools and gear used for underwater searches.

  • Police Search Lake Zoar For Missing Sandy Hook Man

    Bit by bit, piece by piece, police and a group of volunteers are separately seeking to assemble a jigsaw puzzle of sorts that would point the way to the missing Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland, 50, of Glen Road, Sandy Hook, a man who went missing from his home in late July and has not been heard from since.

    On Sunday, September 1, police, working with Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) and the Lake Zoar Authority Marine Patrol, searched a section of Lake Zoar upriver of the Rochambeau Bridge in seeking any evidence of Mr Hoagland.

  • NUSAR Acquires Aluminum Boat For Better Diving Platform

    When Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members respond to aquatic emergency calls, they soon will be doing so in a new custom-built dive boat designed to maximize the volunteer organization’s effectiveness on the water.

    NUSAR recently acquired the 20-foot-long aluminum dive boat, which replaces its 19-foot fiberglass dive boat, said NUSAR Chief Mike McCarthy.

  • Help NUSAR Keep Newtown Safe

    To the Editor:

    For over 20 years we, the men and women of NUSAR [Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue], have been providing emergency water rescue services and water safety instruction to Newtown and our neighboring communities. With so many lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in our area, NUSAR is a vital link in our region’s chain of first responders.