Monday, October 24, 2011

One dead, one missing for Lake Erie boating mishap

The U.S. Coast Guard search for a man who was reported missing after his boat was found capsized Sunday afternoon near Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, has ended Monday morning.

Missing is Charles Kaplan, 58, of Solon, Ohio.

The Coast Guard officially suspended the search for Kaplan at 12:59 a.m. Monday after boat and aircrews searched Lake Erie for roughly 12 hours, covering more than 120 square miles.

The Coast Guard suspends a search and rescue case with extremely great care and deliberation. After a probable search area is saturated several times with a maximum number of assets, resources and crew effort, and persons in distress are still not located, a decision is made to suspend a case.
he Coast Guard may consider resuming a search if credible information is received that a person reported missing might have survived.

Coast Guardsmen began searching for Kaplan and Pam Holstein, the woman who was aboard the vessel with him, after someone at Cedar Point saw Kaplan's 36-foot Rinker capsized on the east side of Cedar Point Breakwall and notified authorities at 12:13 p.m. Sunday.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources personnel found Holstein’s body inside the vessel after it was brought ashore Sunday.

Involved in the search were two 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boats from Station Marblehead, Ohio, a total of three MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Air Stations Detroit and Traverse City, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane.

Also assisting were the Sandusky Police and Fire Departments, the Sandusky Sheriff's Office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Customs and Border Protection, and local marine salvage companies.

- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn

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