Coast Guard ends active search for missing boy

9th Coast Guard District News
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard has ended its active search for a boy who went missing July 12, in Lake Erie.

Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., suspended the search Sunday at 2:15 p.m., pending further developments.

At about 9 p.m., Friday, Sector Buffalo received a report of a missing 13-year-old boy who was last seen swimming in Lake Erie near Saybrook Park, Ohio.

It was reported to Sector Buffalo, that the boy had been swimming with others in the area and wasn’t noticed to be missing until they got out of the water.

Involved in the search were: boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, aboard a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small; aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter; an aircrew aboard a C-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.; aircrews from the Coast Guard Auxiliary; an aircrew aboard an Ohio State Police helicopter; the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; the Saybrook fire department dive team; and other multiple local police and fire departments.

Nearly 400 square miles of Lake Erie were searched during the more than 40 hour-long search.

“The Coast Guard, in coordination with other state, county and local municipalities, searched intensely with multiple search assets,” said Mark Weidman, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. “We’ve exhausted all search options for now, but are prepared to resume our search if we receive new information.”

Anyone that may have information about the missing boy is asked to contact the Coast Guard at 216-902-6117.
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