Coast Guard Searches for Man in Lake Erie

DETROIT – U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard assets continue to search, here, for a person who was spotted in the water yesterday evening in the vicinity of Lake Erie Metropark Marine.

A recreational boater attempted to rescue the individual but was unable to.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit was contacted by a recreational boater who spotted the individual in the water at approximately 6:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Belle Isle responded with a 41-foot rescue boat; U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit responded with an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter; and the Canadian Coast Guard responded with a boat to search the area throughout the evening.

The Canadian Coast Guard located an unoccupied vessel, today, aground at Bar Point, south of Amherstburg, Ontario. Further investigation determined the grounded vessel owner failed to return from a boating trip the previous evening.

U.S. Coast Guard and Wayne County Marine Division assets continue efforts to locate the missing boater.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds boaters to exercise caution when on the water; always wear a properly fitted, Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device; provide a float plan to a family member or a friend; and maintain a reliable means of communication, such as a marine band radio capable of transmitting on Channel 16.

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