Coast Guard continues search for missing man in Lake Michigan after boat found adrift

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MILWAUKEE – Coast Guard personnel continued to seach Lake Michigan on Thursday for Joseph Kiehm, last seen Tuesday.

The Coast Guard located Kiehm’s boat, the Wild Irish, adrift in Lake Michigan about 10 miles northeast of Milwaukee, Thursday afternoon, after a boater responded to an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting assistance locating the vessel.

Kiehm was last seen aboard his 26-foot white sailboat at McKinley Marina in the Milwaukee Harbor between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday.

A search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a phone call from Kiehm’s wife reporting him missing at noon Wednesday.

An air crew aboard a C-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, is currently searching. Also searching are rescue air crews in Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Police Department Marine Unit are also searching.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information about Kiehm to call Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan at 414-747-7190.

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