Canadian Coast Guard Assists in Search off Keweenaw Peninsula – UPDATE 8:16 a.m.

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Pending any new developments, the Coast Guard has ended its active search Sept. 21, 2016, for two adults and one child who went missing in Lake Superior. The Coast Guard searched for a total of 151 hours covering more than 14,000 square miles. (U.S. Coast Guard illustration)
Pending any new developments, the Coast Guard has ended its active search Sept. 21, 2016, for two adults and one child who went missing in Lake Superior. The Coast Guard searched for a total of 151 hours covering more than 14,000 square miles. (U.S. Coast Guard illustration)

Wednesday afternoon the active search was called off for Keith Karvonen, 61, Steve Chartre, 43, and son Ethan of nine years old who went missing on Lake Superior Saturday night. They had launched from the Keweenaw Park Recreation’s marina in Chassell, and were reported missing when they didn’t return from fishing at 5 p.m. as expected.

“This is the most difficult decision we have to make during a search effort,” said Cmdr. Carolyn Moberley, of Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie. in a press release. “Coast Guard boat crews, aircraft, the cutter Biscayne Bay, as well as Canadian aircraft and numerous state and local resources have searched nonstop over an extensive portion of Lake Superior for these overdue boaters. Our very deepest condolences go out to the families of these individuals.”

The Coast Guard searched for a total of 151 hours covering more than 14,000 square miles, aided by crews from Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan, Coast Guard Station Portage, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Department of National Defence.

 

Earlier (Sep 19, 2016 @ 18:02)

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U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews along with state and local agencies have increased the search area in Lake Superior Monday for two adults and one child who went missing Saturday night in the vicinity of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The search region now extends from outer Keweenaw Bay into Lake Superior.

One of the three missing has been identified as Keith Karvonen. The Coast Guard is not releasing the names of the second adult and child.

Karvonen is the owner of a 14-foot boat, pictured above, that the group is expected to be aboard.

Agencies searching are: U.S. Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan, Coast Guard Station Portage, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Coast Guard.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, no signs of the missing trio or their boat had been found.

Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie command center at 906-635-3233. More information will be released as it becomes available.


EARLIER (Sep 19, 2016 @ 05:26 a.m.) U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews along with state and local agencies are continuing the search for two adults and one child who went missing Saturday night in the vicinity of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior.

One of the three missing has been identified as Keith Karvonen. The names of the second adult and child are not being released.

Karvonen is the owner of a 14-foot boat, pictured above, that the group is expected to be aboard.

Search efforts have totalled approximately 20 hours and 1,500 square miles utilising crews from local agencies, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Coast Guard Station Marquette, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the Canadian Coast Guard. An aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is scheduled to conduct night searches later tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Anyone with any information about this case is urged to contact the Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie Command Center at 906-635-3233. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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