Coast Guard suspends searches for missing man in Lake Erie

BUFFALO, New York – The Coast Guard has suspended search efforts for a missing man near Bratenahl, Ohio, who went missing while swimming in Lake Erie.

At 7:40 p.m., watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Cleveland received a call from 911 dispatch with the reporting source on the line stating that her father was drowning in the lake. She reported he had been swimming in the water near their boat when a large wave hit him. She did not see him re-surface after the wave passed. The individual was not wearing a life jacket at the time of entry.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor was directed to launch, and a boat crew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also responded. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Michigan, provided aerial search efforts on scene as well.

The Coast Guard continuously searched throughout the night Monday and into Tuesday until approximately 3 p.m. when the Coast Guard made the decision to suspend their search efforts.

The Coast Guard alongside other agencies searched for over 20 hours and covered over 120 square nautical miles of search area.

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