Coast Guard ends search for missing Sandusky man

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — U.S. Coast Guard crews have suspended their search for a missing Sandusky, Ohio, man in Lake Erie.

Watchstanders at the 9th Coast Guard District Command Center were notified at 7:17 p.m., Thursday that the man had left the Sandusky Yacht Club Thursday afternoon but had not returned.

Search and rescue controllers at the command center immediately began coordinating a search. A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor located the man’s 31-foot cabin cruiser with no one aboard about one mile north of Lakewood at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

SAR controllers were never able to confirm the man went into the water, but as a precaution coordinated search efforts as though he did. The search was suspended at 9:58 p.m. Friday.

Involved in the search were a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor; a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Lorain, Ohio; a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat from Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio; a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Toledo, Ohio; an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit; an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.; a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft; a Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130 Hercules airplane from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario; and members of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Customs and Border Protection.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated several times with a maximum number of assets, resources and crew effort, and a person missing is still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.

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