A missing kayaker who left Long Island for the Hudson Valley in Monday’s storm has been found dead.
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At around 9 p.m. on Monday, Laurence Broderick, 45, left Hempstead Bay for Mamaroneck. During his kayaking trip, a northeast current hit the area, bringing strong winds and heavy rain.
The Coast Guard said Tuesday morning they were looking for the missing kayaker after he failed to return home
“Watchers at the New York Coast Guard sector received a report at 5:40 am Tuesday that Laurence Broderick, 45, was late for a kayaking trip the night before. Broderick had allegedly left Hempstead around 9 pm Monday night en route to Mamaroneck He is described as wearing summer clothes and traveling in a red kayak, ”the Coast Guard said.
Hours later, Broderick’s kayak and cell phone were found on Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.
Late Tuesday afternoon, his body was found near Orchard Beach in the Bronx.
His body was found by the coast guard. He was turned over to the New Rochelle Marine Police Unit and later confirmed dead at a nearby hospital, NBC reports.
Broderick was the choir director of Saint Anthony of Padua West Harrison, according to church officials.
The St. Anthony of Padua Church Choir is a volunteer Catholic choir in West Harrison, under the direction of Mr. Laurence T. Broderick, Facebook says. The church wrote the following:
This gentle soul cared deeply and sincerely for our parishioners. His love knew no bounds. Whether you were a member of our choir or a parishioner entering our church for the first time, he loved you. pain, he felt compassion, and sympathy.When someone feels joy, their heart leaps.
His knowledge and passion for music was remarkable and inspiring. His ability to feel the music and share it with the world around him was a gift from Almighty God.
Laurence, you went from the choir of Saint-Antoine de Padoue to West Harrison, to the choirs of the angels of heaven. We will miss you terribly, you will be loved endlessly and you will always be remembered.
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