Coast Guard searching for PIW in Sandusky Bay

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit File photo by Seaman Brooke Sauers

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water in Sandusky Bay after he was reported missing Friday evening.

Crews are searching for a 245-pound male with blond hair, wearing a black long-sleeve t-shirt.

Just before 7 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center watchstanders were notified of an unmanned 12-foot dark green Jon Boat under power in Sandusky Bay, roughly a half mile offshore of Lions Park.

Additional information gathered from the reporting source stated the man was not wearing a lifejacket, and they witnessed the man fall out of the boat.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Marblehead launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit was also launched. The Sandusky Fire Department is also searching.

Crews have been searching throughout the night, but were impacted by rain moving through the area that reduced visibility to 2.5 miles. The Air Station Detroit crew had to land for several hours due to weather.

Station Marblehead and Air Station Detroit crews have launched additional search assets, to relieve those currently on scene.

The water and air temperatures in the search area are in the low 40s.

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