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Coast Guard suspends search for man missing in Lake Erie

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The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man missing in Lake Erie off of Cleveland Harbor, pending further information or a request for assistance from other agencies.

The Coast Guard and other agencies had been searching throughout Sunday night and into Monday before calling off the search around 6 p.m. on Monday.

The search began when watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Buffalo command center received a call from Metro Parks Police relaying a message they received about the overdue boater around 7 p.m. on Sunday. During the search, a Metro Parks Police marine unit found a boat idling about one mile off of the entrance to Cleveland Harbor. No one was on board the boat, where a lifejacket and cellphone were found.

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The Coast Guard continued to search, utilizing crews aboard a 45-foot response boat from Station Cleveland Harbor and an MH-65 helicopter from Air Station Detroit. Crews from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ontario also assisted, as did the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio State Police Marine Unit and Cleveland Police Marine Unit.

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The search lasted for a total of 50 asset hours and utilized eight surface assets and three air assets in an area covering areas five miles out from the entrance to Cleveland Harbor and 12 miles parallel to shore.

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