Coast Guard identifies 2 missing boaters after suspending search near Geneva-on-the-Lake

Coast Guard identifies 2 missing boaters after suspending search near Geneva-on-the-Lake
Coast Guard identifies 2 missing boaters after suspending search near Geneva-on-the-Lake

MADISON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Coast Guard has suspended the search for two boaters near Geneva-on-the-Lake.

The boaters have been identified by Coast Guard officials as 38-year-old Cory Althar and 19-year-old James Wells.

Authorities said the boat was launched from the Geneva Marina around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Coast Guard officials said they departed in a 15-foot skiffand did not return before dark that night as scheduled.

Coast Guard identifies 2 missing boaters after suspending search near Geneva-on-the-Lake

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received radio calls from multiple people reporting they heard possible calls for help at about 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to the report.

The Coast Guard said a report for two people in the water also came in around around that time.

Officials said Sector Buffalo watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a response boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Fairport with an MH-65 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detriot to begin searching.

The Coast Guard said include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Geneva Fire Department, Seabrook Fire Department, Lake County Drone Team, and an aircrew from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Trenton, Ontario all assisted the search.

Coast Guard offcials said search and rescue personnel searched for more than 20 hours and covered a combined 942 square-nautical miles.

According to the report, the helicopter crew located a capsized vessel matching the description of the skiff at about 1:40 a.m. on Sunday.

Life jackets and other debris were spotted in the search area approximately five hours later, the Coast Guard officials said.

Officials stated the Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.

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