Coast Guard suspends search near Irondequoit Bay

A 47-foot rescue boatcrew

USCG file photo by Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangem

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for a possible person in distress just outside of Irondequoit Bay near Rochester, N.Y., at 7:09 p.m., Monday.

A Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Rochester, a local harbormaster, and the Sea Breeze and West Webster fire departments saturated the search area and found no signs of distress. There are also no reports of missing or overdue boaters in the area.

The Coast Guard launched the search minutes after a good samaritan called at about 3 p.m., to report an overturned green 16-foot aluminum-hull canoe about one-quarter of a mile outside the entrance to Irondequoit Bay.

The Coast Guard urges all paddle-sport enthusiasts to label their vessels with current contact information, helping to avoid unnecessary searches if vessels accidentally become adrift.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated with the appropriate number of assets and resources – and maximum crew effort has been expended – and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.

The Coast Guard can resume a search if credible information is received that persons reported missing have survived.

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