Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Lake Erie near Luna Pier

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CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews suspended their search Sunday night for a man missing in Lake Erie near Luna Pier, Michigan, since Sunday morning.

“Suspending a search and rescue case is an extremely difficult decision to make,” said Cmdr. Austin Ives, the Sector Detroit search-and-rescue mission coordinator.

“The Coast Guard and partner agencies have exhausted all available resources with the information that was available. Our thoughts and prayers are with the man’s family and friends.”

Rescue crews searched more than 307 square miles of water, which is roughly the size of New York City.

At 9:45 a.m., a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received notification from the Monroe County, Michigan, 911 dispatch of three people swept out into Lake Erie near the J. R. Whiting Power Plant, just south of Luna Pier.

A rescue boat crew aboard 24-foot response boat launched from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio, and a rescue aircrew aboard a Dolphin helicopter launched from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit.

A rescue boat crew from the LaSalle, Michigan, Fire Department arrived on scene first and rescued two of the people from the water.

Searching with the Coast Guard were rescue crews from Monroe County, Luna Pier Fire and Police Departments, and the LaSalle Fire Department, along with rescue crews from numerous other federal, state and local agencies.

None of the three people were wearing life jackets.

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