Coast Guard ends search for missing boater in Grand Traverse Bay

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — Coast Guard crews have suspended their search, at about 6 p.m., for a missing boater in Grand Traverse Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., were contacted at 2 a.m. EDT by a Leelanau County 911 dispatcher, after his family reported him missing.

The man reportedly got underway Saturday at about 7:30 a.m. in a 10-foot dinghy in the vicinity of Leelanau Peninsula, to get to his sailboat at North Point Marina.

The Coast Guard directed the launch of an aircrew aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., which began searching at about 8:30 a.m.

Also searching was a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

It is not known whether or not the man was wearing a lifejacket.

The Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City helicopter crew saw a dinghy that matched the description on the east side of Grand Traverse Bay at 10:45 a.m., and police recovered it at 12:05 p.m.

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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