Search for missing boaters continues after second body found

Turtle Bay Marina

Officials have confirmed that the bodies of two boaters missing on Lake Erie have been recovered, both wearing life vests.

Crews located the first body of one boater shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday near Niagara Reef by a private vessel.

Officials said they were first alerted to a missing 21-foot bass fishing boat with four people on board around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The group had been fishing near Rattlesnake Island, northeast of Put-In-Bay, during the day Wednesday. A full-scale effort to locate the boat was in place by early Thursday morning.

By around 6 a.m., crews were able to locate the boat, partially submerged near Toussaint Reef, approximately five miles northeast of Locust Point, where the group launched Wednesday.

Some time later, the U.S. Coast Guard located the body of a second boater near Niagara Reef.

The identities of the two people whose bodies were found have not been released; however, officials have said they are both female.

Crews continue to search, by air and on water, for two male boaters who remain missing.

The pick up truck and boat trailer belonging to at least one member of the group was found parked at Locust Point.