No Sign: Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a boater who went missing near Browns Stadium.

Officials say Edwin Acosta Sr. disappeared about 100 yards off wall from the stadium and he was not wearing a life preserver. The search was conducted by the mouth of the Cuyahoga River, near Browns Stadium by the U.S Coast Guard and began around 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Family members tell 19 Action News that Edwin Acosta Sr. was boating with a co-worker when he decided to go for a dip to cool off. Those on board lost eye contact with Acosta and began calling for help.

Acosta's 18-year-old son Edwin Acosta Jr. spent most of Saturday watching boats scour the lake yard by yard looking for his father. "I guess the current was too strong and he was trying to swim back to the boat. she was throwing a rope to him...the wind was just blowing it the time she turned around he was already under the water" says Acosta Jr.

Sunday, the search continued about two miles offshore and was suspended around 3 p.m.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated several times with a maximum number of assets, resources and crew effort, and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.

The Coast Guard can resume a search if credible information is received that persons reported missing have survived.

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