August 22, 2019 5:04 pm
Updated: August 24, 2019 8:43 pm

Ontario Provincial Police searching for missing boater in Lake Erie

OPP say a boater went missing Thursday morning in Lake Erie near Featherstone.

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Police in Haldimand County are searching for a missing boater who disappeared on Lake Erie, Thursday.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say their Underwater Search and Recovery Unit is looking for a 48-year-old man who went out fishing early in the morning near the shoreline in Featherstone.

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Const. Rod LeClair told Global News he went missing about an hour after setting out in is his inflatable boat.

“After we got the 911 call at 11:00 a.m., we sent resources down to the lake and the vessel was located, it was unoccupied,” said Leclair.

“We’ve been searching since that time with the Joint Rescue Coordination Center who have a vessel in the water along with our marine unit.”

Leclair also confirmed the OPP did dispatch a helicopter to the scene to join the search for a period of time.

Recovery divers will continue to look for the missing man on Friday, OPP say.

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