Coast Guard suspends search for missing woman on Lake Erie

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a woman who went missing after presumably falling overboard from a 52-foot boat on Lake Erie, Sunday.

Captain Joseph DuFresne, commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, announced the suspension after the Coast Guard and partnering agencies conducted a search for almost 30 hours covering the equivalent of more than 1,400 square miles.

“With great sadness, we report that active search operations for the missing woman have been suspended,” DuFresne said. “I am proud of the dauntless effort by the Coast Guard teams and our local and Canadian response partners. However, despite these heroic efforts we were unable to locate the woman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family as they deal with this tragedy.”

Search efforts commenced Sunday at about 1:40 p.m. after the Coast Guard received a call about a woman who had fallen overboard from a 52-foot boat on Lake Erie near Presque Isle. Crews from Coast Guard Station Erie and Coast Guard Air Station Detroit began the search and were later joined by a crew aboard a C-130 aircraft from the Royal Canadian Air Force, along with multiple local agencies.

The search continued late Sunday and into Monday with crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aboard a Dolphin helicopter, and a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

At first light Monday, crews from Air Station Detroit and Coast Guard Station Erie resumed the search.

Other local agencies involved in the search included the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania Fish and Game, and the Lake Shore, Lake City, West Lake and Northeast Fire Departments.

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