Coast Guard searching for overdue fisherman on Lake Michigan

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for an overdue fisherman on Lake Michigan near Kewaunee, Wisconsin, Thursday.

Missing is Mark Wautelet, 38 years old, approximately 6-feet tall, 270 pounds with brownish hair.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a notification from Kewaunee Dispatch at approximately 11:15 p.m. local, Wednesday, of a 35-foot pleasure craft with one person on board who had departed Kewaunee Marina at 5 p.m., local, on Wednesday and was expected back by 9:30 p.m., local.

Last known cellular use was at 5:30 p.m., local.

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and arrived on scene at 1:50 a.m., local, and located the vessel beached on shore with no persons onboard. Kewaunee Sheriff’s Department responded and confirmed there were no people on board and that the vessel was rigged for fishing and the engines were still in the clutched ahead position.

Due to heavy fog on the west side of Lake Michigan, the MH-60 was not able to land to refuel. The MH-60 departed the area at approximately 3:20 a.m., local, to refuel at Traverse City, Michigan.

An MH-60 from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan was scheduled to arrive on scene at approximately 9 a.m., local, to continue searching.

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