Body Of Missing Charter Boat Captain Recovered, Ending Lengthy Search

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RIPLEY, NY – The body of a charter boat captain who fell into the waters of Lake Erie earlier this month have been recovered.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 70-year-old Fred Forsythe Jr’s remains were located along the shore in the Town of Evans, New York, on Friday, just two weeks after he went missing.

Back on July 7, the Coudersport, PA resident fell from his charter boat while out on Lake Erie leading a fishing expedition near Ripley, New York.

Dozens for first responders, including members of the Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team and U.S. Coast Guard, took part in a lengthy search for the Captain, which was unsuccessful.

An investigation into the incident found that Forsythe Jr. was attempting to bring a fish on to the boat when he lost his balance and entered the water.

Others on the boat were unfamiliar with its operation and were not able to get the boat turned around before Forsythe disappeared under the water.


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