Coast Guard suspends active search for missing fishermen in Lake Erie

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CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two remaining people in the water near South Bass Island in Lake Erie, Thursday, pending any new developments.

Two bodies were recovered and a boat was found five miles northeast of Locust Point, Ohio, Thursday morning.

Both recovered people where wearing life jackets at the time of their recovery.

Involved in the search were: Boat crews aboard response boats from Coast Guard Stations Marblehead, Ohio, and Toledo, Ohio; air crews aboard Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and an air crew aboard a Guardian fixed-wing search jet from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas; Canadian Coast Guard aircrews aboard a fixed-wing search aircraft from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario; a dive team from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department; water search teams from Customs and Border Protection and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and other local agencies.

The search commenced at 2 a.m. after a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a report that a fishing group was overdue on returning home.

The boat was discovered on Toussaint Reef, approximately five miles northeast of Locust Point. The group’s truck and boat trailer were found at the Locust Point boat ramp.

Search crews searched a combined more than 200 square nautical miles of the lake.

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