A morning of fishing turned fatal Saturday for a group of men from New York.

Two bodies were pulled from the Long Island Sound by the Fairfield Police Marine Unit around 4 p.m., police Chief Gary McNamara said. They were identified by family members as Jose Cruz, 40, and Victor Paulino, 32, both of Bruce Avenue in Yonkers, N.Y.

Emergency responders were able to rescue another member of their group. A fourth man with them did not require assistance. The medical examiner was contacted late Saturday afternoon, McNamara said, to officially determine what killed the other two men.

“Emotionally, this is a life-altering experience,” McNamara said.

McNamara said the four men, all from Yonkers, went to Penfield Reef together to go fishing. But shortly before 8 a.m., things took a bad turn. One of the men was fishing from the beach, McNamara said, and the other three were fishing from the water when they were swept out.

Fairfield police received a call of fishermen in need of assistance, and the Coast Guard, based in New Haven, said it was immediately alerted. The Fairfield Fire Department quickly rescued one of the men that had been swept out, McNamara said. He said the man was initially unconscious when he was pulled from the water, but emergency responders were able to revive him.

The town’s fire department took the lead on the search and rescue, McNamara said, and rescue units went into recovery mode around 2 p.m. Emergency responders included dive teams from Fairfield, Bridgeport, Westport, Stratford, and Milford along with the Coast Guard.

McNamara said the Fairfield Police Marine Unit went out during low tide before the sun went down.

“They were the ones that recovered the bodies,” he said. “And now we’re working with the families to comfort them.”

There were two other fishermen in the area of the four men from Yonkers at the time of the incident, but McNamara said they did not know the men and did not go fishing with them.