The search began about 2 a.m. Thursday, and two people are still missing
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department has resumed the search for two boaters still missing in Lake Erie but the Coast Guard says they have suspended the search for the two more missing boaters.
Officials say two bodies, both wearing life jackets and both female, have been recovered in Lake Erie in Ottawa County.
The search began about 2 a.m. Thursday, and two people are still missing. The Coast Guard says water conditions forced them to suspend the search Thursday evening.
The two bodies found were identified by the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office as Amy Santus, 33, of Perrysburg, near Toledo, and Paige Widmer, 16, of South Carolina.
The Coast Guard says the people were aboard a 21-foot Tracker boat, which was found with its stern partially submerged Thursday morning on Toussaint Reef, approximately five miles northeast of Locust Point.
The group's truck and boat trailer were found at the Locust Point boat ramp in Oak Harbor.
The boat has been towed and impounded.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft says this area is a huge destination for boating. No determination as to what happened because weather conditions were not apparently bad.
The first body was found by a private boater, and the U.S. Coast Guard found the second body.
Officials say that alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
"This is a large-scale cooperative search, harnessing Coast Guard, federal, local and Canadian resources," said Commander Austin Ives, search and rescue mission coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit.
The search involved multiple response boats and a helicopter.
Coast Guard crews from Stations Marblehead and Toledo and Air Station Detroit received assistance from an air asset from Regional Command Center Trenton, Ontario, a dive team from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, water search teams from Customs and Border Protection and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Local agencies were also conducting shoreline searches.
The Division of Watercraft out of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has more than 435,000 registered boaters.
Officials say the incident reminds boaters to be safe, wear a life jacket, file a float plan and be aware of weather and wind conditions.
Authorities are unable to say whether Ice or debris played a role in what happened.
Officials say most people are out on the water now because of walleye fishing.