Mysterious Canadian boat washes up in Madison Township

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 2:20 PM EDT

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - A private boat reported missing from Canadian waters days earlier washed ashore in Madison Township Thursday morning.

Madison Township police said they were contacted by the United States Coast Guard around 9 a.m.

William DeToro who lives in Madison Shores, close to where the boat was found, alerted the Coast Guard immediately when one of his guests noticed the crashed 21-foot vessel.

Authorities asked DeToro to take photos of the fishing boat, and after forwarding the images he received a phone call from the Canadian Coast Guard.

They told him they had been looking for the boat and a man who had been reported missing for nearly 48 hours, “He says can you get on the boat, I said no sir. It’s pretty dangerous. The lake was pretty rough and the waves were really bad, so, we couldn’t get on the boat.”

Police said the 21-foot boat ended up along a rocky stretch of the coastline and rough surf made boarding the boat to conduct a search hazardous.

Officers anchored the boat to shore with cables and a Canadian Search and Rescue aircraft and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel and personnel all responded to the scene searching not only the boat, but the water.

However, there was no sign of the missing man, so DeToro says authorities gathered evidence they hope will provide answers, “They took things like the GPS that they could use to try and figure out where that boat was and why it stopped functioning. They’re looking to see if the boat turned off on it’s own, ran out of gas, had a faulty engine or something like that.”

Major Trevor Reid, a Public Affairs Officer with the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton (Canada), said a family member of the boater reported him missing at 10 p.m. on Aug. 9, after he didn’t return home from his fishing trip earlier in the day.

He left from Port Burwell in Ontario, “In this case we searched over 1500 square nautical miles, and the search effort was both from the air and the water. We searched just over 53 hours.”

The case has now been turned over to police in Canada as a missing person’s case, “Last night we made the difficult choice to hand this over to the Ontario Provential Police as a missing persons case,” Major Reid told 19 News.

Officials have not released the name of the missing boater.

DeToro said he knew the boat was not from Ohio because as a fisherman and boater he looked at the identification number and it began with an ON for Ontario, instead of an OH for Ohio.

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