Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for father and daughter missing in Sandusky Bay

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is currently searching for two people who went missing Saturday from Crystal Rock, Ohio near the southern shore of Sandusky Bay.

The missing are 30-year-old Jonathan Francis and 12-year-old Viola Francis.

The two were last seen leaving their home in blue and green kayaks Saturday afternoon by a neighbor and were reported to be missing Sunday morning by a friend.

The man is reported to be wearing navy blue sweatpants and a hoodie sweatshirt and the girl was reported to be wearing pink boots, dark leggings and a dark coat. Neither were seen wearing life jackets.

A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio launched aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement and a rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit launched aboard an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter.

Also searching are rescue crews from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Port Clinton Fire Department and the Erie County Sherriff’s Office.

At 9 a.m. rescue crews located the two kayaks on the southern shore of Sandusky Bay but have not been able to locate the two people.

“The Coast Guard recommends that all people recreating on the water wear life jackets, set up a float plan and carry a way to communicate with authorities in case of emergency,” said Chief Petty Officer Gabriel Settel, public affairs officer at Coast Guard Sector Detroit.

If anyone has information they are requested to contact the Erie County Sherriff’s Office at 414-625-7951 or Settel at 313-910-1055.

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