Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boaters

CLEVELAND – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search for two recreational boaters, today, at 4:15 p.m.

The two boaters, along with a third who was located deceased on Tuesday, were reported overdue on Monday at 9:30 p.m., after failing to return from an overnight fishing trip on Lake Erie.

Cass Monchilov was located on the north shore of Kelleys Island, Ohio. He was recovered by the Coast Guard and transferred to Coast Guard Station Marblehead, Ohio, where positive identification was made.

The search for the overdue boaters included, but was not limited to, the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, response boats from Coast Guard Stations Marblehead and Lorain, and a Canadian C-130 plane from the Rescue Coordination Center Trenton, Ontario.

The 2-day search, of more than 913 square miles, focused on the area around Kelleys Island; North Bass, Middle Bass and South Bass Islands; Marblehead area; Catawba Bay; and shoreline searches from Vermilion to Kelleys Island.

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