USA. Henderson Volunteer Fire Department rescues man after boat capsizes in Lake Ontario near Henderson, N.Y.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Coast Guard, Canadians, other responders search for second boater

The U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and other responders are searching for a man who disappeared after the recreational boat he was aboard with another man capsized in Lake Ontario about a half mile north of Stony Point in Henderson, N.Y., Saturday morning.

Missing is David Tuttle.

Firemen from the Henderson Volunteer Fire Department arrived at Stony Point at 9:40 a.m., where they found one man, Buck Stockman, clinging to the side of the capsized 25-foot boat about 75-100 yards offshore. One of the firemen donned a cold-water immersion suit, tied himself off to a rope attached to shore and waded out to the vessel to rescue Stockman. Stockman was later transported to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Stockman reported Tuttle was the only other person aboard the vessel with him when it capsized about 8:50 a.m. Stockman confirmed Tuttle was also wearing a life jacket and had it fully zipped but Tuttle was not able to grab a hold of the boat after it capsized, and he drifted out of sight shortly after.

A U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat—Small from Station Oswego, N.Y., located the life jacket Tuttle was reportedly wearing about 500 yards from the capsized boat about 10 a.m., but found no signs of Tuttle.

Searching are the boatcrew from Station Oswego, a Canadian Coast Guard boatcrew aboard the 47-foot vessel Cape Hearn, and Royal Canadian Air Force aircrews aboard a Griffon helicopter and a CC-130 Hercules plane. Also assisting are New York State Police, Henderson fire and police departments and Jefferson County Special Tactics and Rescue Team.

It is unknown why the vessel capsized. The men’s ages and hometowns are unknown.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 April 2012 )