RIPLEY – Recovery efforts to find a fishing boat captain who fell from his craft into Lake Erie resumed on Friday morning.
Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone tells WNY News Now around 8:30 a.m. crews returned to the lake after search efforts the day before were unsuccessful.
On Thursday morning the charter boat captain fell into the water while reportedly trying to unhook a fish and did not resurface. Four others on the boat called 911 for help.
The county dive team, technical rescue crew and several Fire Departments from across the region responded to search the area.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist in search operations as well.
The boat was about a half-mile off shore from Ripley when the incident occurred. First responders have been staging and launching rescue crafts from the Barcelona Harbor in Westfield.
The identity of the fishing boat captain has not been released, however the Sheriff says he is from out of the area but maintains a summer home locally.