The search continues today for a woman who purportedly fell from a boat in Lake Erie on Sunday.
The Coast Guard says they have two boats in the water today, as well as assistance in the air from Air Station Detroit, New York State Dive Team and local fire departments.
Officials said she was wearing a Hawaiian print swimsuit. During search efforts, she was described as a 52-year-old woman and about 5 feet 4 inches tall, but the U.S. Coast Guard did not confirm her age or identity.
U.S. Coast Guard officials said the woman was in a boat with her husband about 2.5 miles north of the Presque Isle Lighthouse. The man reportedly told law enforcement that his wife had become ill. According to officials, sometime after 1 p.m., the man turned around to discover the woman missing. By 2 p.m., Lake City and West Lake fire departments joined the search upon request of the U.S. Coast Guard.
In the following hours, numerous agencies and departments joined the search, including Presque Isle Park Rangers, Pennsylvania State Police, Erie County Sheriff’s Office Scuba Team, and water rescue teams from multiple fire departments.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was flown from Detroit to Erie to aid the search, and the Canadian Armed Forces supplied a C-130 Hercules military plane.
“We immediately commenced search efforts in the location that was given. We got ahold of police and fire departments; and agencies that were assisting are too numerous to list,” said U.S. Coast Guard Chief Daniel Heitzer of Station Erie.
The search expanded and emergency crews searched the shoreline and adjacent waters as far east as North East.
Heitzer told us, “Obviously, local fire departments and police departments are rather limited in their abilities to sustain a search. Coast Guard however, this is what we do. So, we’re able to sustain this search and we’ll continue to search for the foreseeable future.”