Coast Guard search ends with recovery of missing boater in Lake Ontario

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard search for a missing boater ended, Monday morning after nearly 20 hours when a body was recovered by a local dive team from Wayne County, N.Y.

The body was turned over to the Wayne County Coronor.

At about 4 p.m., Sunday Coast Guard Station Sodus Bay, N.Y., received a report from multiple eyewitness mariners that an adult male with no life jacket was ejected from his vessel and into the water but did not resurface.

A rescue boat crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat–Small was dispatched from Coast Guard Auxiliary-operated Station Sodus Bay. The crew located a vessel and found it unoccupied.

Along with Station Sodus Bay, Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., Coast Guard Station Oswego, N.Y., Wayne County Sheriff’s office, the New York State Police Dive Teams, and multiple other agencies assisted in the search.

Additionally, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to conduct multiple searches over the area.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends,” said Capt. Brian Roche, commander, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y. “This is a tragic end to an exhaustive search, and it is unfortunate to have it end like this. We hope that everyone involved can learn from this loss of life. I recommend wearing a life jacket at all times while underway on a boat.”

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