Coast Guard ends search after CBP locates the bodies of 2 missing boaters

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — Crews have ended their search Thursday morning for two Michigan men after their bodies were located by a Customs and Border Protection boatcrew in the vicinity of the Enrico Fermi nuclear power plant about 7 miles offshore.

At about 10:50 a.m., a CBP boatcrew found the bodies of Godfried McKinney, 54, of Southfield, Mich., and Kendrick Covington, 64, of Detroit. The bodies were transferred to a local coroner.

At about 4:45 a.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, was notified of missing persons by the Monroe County dispatch via telephone. The Monroe County dispatcher was contacted by McKinney’s wife who reporter her husband and Covington were overdue from a fishing trip, stating she hadn’t seen her husband since about 9 a.m. A SAR controller contacted Covington’s wife, who had not seen him since about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and expected him home at 9:30 or 10 p.m.

Coast Guard crews involved in the search were: an aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mt. Clemens, Mich.; a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Toledo; and another crew from the station searching from land.

CBP crews involved in the search were: an aircrew aboard an AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter out of Selfridge Air National Guard Base; a boatcrew aboard a 25-foot safe boat from the Gibraltar Border Patrol Station; and a boatcrew aboard a 33-foot safeboat, from Trenton, Ontario, Canada.

Responders from the Monroe, Frenchtown and Erie Township fire departments and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the search.

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