LAKE ERIE — The body of a missing boater was recovered Saturday in Lake Erie near Vermilion.
The 66-year-old man was reported missing Friday night after his boat washed on shore, unoccupied, about 9 p.m. near Cranberry Creek in Huron. He was found about noon by a good Samaritan about 3 miles north of the mouth of the Vermilion River. He did not have a life jacket on, according to the Coast Guard.
The man reportedly went out fishing Friday morning and was last heard from about 1 p.m. that afternoon.
Coast Guard crews from stations in Marblehead and Detroit searched for the boater throughout the night, with air assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard on Saturday morning. Crews from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Huron fire and police departments and Vermilion police also assisted, alongside residents. Waves on Lake Erie were 4 to 5 feet Friday.
The Coast Guard reminds boaters to wear a life jacket and brightly colored clothing, especially when traveling alone, and check weather conditions before departing shore.