Coast Guard suspends searches for missing man in Lake Erie

Wednesday, 06 September 2017


BUFFALO, New York – The Coast Guard has suspended search efforts for the 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
Coast Guard helicopter from Detroit, Michigan, provided aerial search efforts on scene as

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 name of the individual is not being released, and there is no Coast Guard imagery at
this time.

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

All media inquiries should be directed to the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo Public Affairs
Officer, Ensign Kyle Maxey, at 716-843- 9521.


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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 September 2017 )