Police recover body of boater reported missing Saturday in Lake Erie

Evan James Carter
The Detroit News

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office on Monday recovered the body of a boater reported missing in Lake Erie in Erie Township on Saturday.

The man has been identified as Burl E. Steele, 47, of Maumee, Ohio.

Lake Erie.

At about 8:20 p.m. Saturday, Monroe County Sheriff's deputies  as well as the Underwater Recovery Team were sent to assist the Morin Point Fire Department in searching for a man who had fallen out of a boat in Lake Erie near Woodtick Peninsula, which is a few miles south of Luna Pier.

The man was a passenger on a 16-foot aluminum boat which hit the wake of another watercraft, causing him to fall into the water. He was not wearing a flotation device and failed to resurface after going under the water, according to preliminary investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

Vessels from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the Morin Point Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard searched the area until 1:15 a.m. Sunday, but were unable to locate the victim.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Underwater Recovery Team continued searching from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundaybefore suspending the efforts.

The incident remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.