Coast Guard Searching for Missing Man on Western Lake Erie

DETROIT — The Coast Guard and Monroe County Marine Division are conducting a search for a 42-year-old man from Tecumseh, Mich. who is missing after reportedly falling off his boat near Bolles Harbor, western Lake Erie.

The man and a passenger were fishing at the time of the accident. The case was reported by the sole passenger on the boat moments after the man fell overboard. Coast Guard Station Toledo received the call via Monroe County 911 Dispatcher at approximately 7:00 p.m. today. The victim was not wearing a life jacket and remains missing.

The Coast Guard is currently and will continue conducting extensive searches throughout the night. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit’s HH-65 Dolphin helicopter is flying numerous search patterns as well as Coast Guard Station Toledo’s 41-foot motor life boat and two 25-foot response boats.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Marine Division and Aviation Unit, Monroe County Fire Department, Toledo Fire Department and South Shore Towing are assisting with the search efforts. The repeated searches are covering an area of approximately 30 square miles.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds the boating public to heed all broadcasted weather warnings during impending storms. People on the water should exercise caution, wear properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD/life-jacket), tell a family member or friend where they are going and when they will return, and have a reliable means of communication.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit directly oversees all Coast Guard missions from Alpena, Michigan to Vermillion, Ohio on Lake Huron, the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, Lake St. Clair and Western Lake Erie.

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