Search Suspended for Missing Fisherman

DETROIT – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for an ice fisherman who was reported overdue from a Monday morning fishing trip on western Lake Erie.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Detroit receive the overdue call on March 12 at 9:50 p.m. The 52-year-old man was reported to have left from Brest Bay Marina near Monroe, Mich. to go ice fishing at approximately 5 a.m. Monday morning.

The Coast Guard conducted extensive searches over a period of more than 14 hours with negative results. Eight search patterns were flown by helicopters from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, and additional searches were completed by a helicopter from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and an ice rescue team from Coast Guard Station Toledo.

The searches covered approximately 30 square miles and included more than 600 track line miles.

Coast Guard Sector Detroit reminds the public that Great Lakes ice conditions are becoming dangerously unstable due to the recent warming trend. Those desiring to recreate on the ice should exercise extreme caution, use the buddy system, wear a flotation device and a waterproof exposure suit, carry ice awls, tell a family member or friend where they are going and when they will return, and have a means to communicate if an accident occurs.

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

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.