U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards searching for missing boater on Lake Ontario

CLEVELAND— Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, Niagara Country Sheriff and Toronto Marine Patrol are searching for a man who was reported overdue Thursday morning.

Missing is John Suppel of Lewiston, New York, who launched out of Wilson Tuscarora State Park in Wilson, New York, aboard a 16-foot camouflage pleasure craft.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, New York, were notified by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Thursday after he was reported overdue. He was last heard from Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding Mr. Suppel’s whereabouts should contact the Coast Guard at 716-843-9527.

Searching are: boat crews from Coast Guard Station Niagara aboard a 25-foot response boat and Coast Guard Station Rochester aboard a 47-foot response boat; a boat crew from Canadian Coast Guard Station Port Weller; aircrews from Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton, Ontario aboard a C-130 Hercules airplane and a Griffon helicopter; crews from the Niagara Sheriff’s Office, and crews from the Toronto Marine Patrol.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit aboard a Dolphin helicopter is standing by to launch as weather conditions improve.

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