Deputies continue searching for swimmer missing in Lake Ontario

Updated: July 10, 2020 08:54 PM
Created: July 10, 2020 04:32 AM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — Deputies resumed their search for a missing swimmer in Lake Ontario Friday morning. 

Deputies continued to search starting at 10 a.m. They say they stopped searching at 1 a.m. Friday, about 1.5 miles north of the Irondequoit Bay Outlet in the lake.


The Coast Guard announced they will not be continuing their search. The Coast Guard suspended its search just after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday after officials spent hours trying to find the 63-year-old man.

Around 5:40 p.m. Thursday, a 911 call came in for a swimmer in distress in the lake, several miles north of the Genesee River.

Investigators say the man, whose name has not been released, was out on a boat with two other men when he jumped in the water for a swim. News10NBC was told he had trouble in the water and went under.

The other men on the boat tried to rescue him, but he has not been seen since.

"We never like to give up hope but, you know practically speaking, we do consider this more of a recovery at this point in time, but again, we never give up hope we're always hopeful this is going to have a good outcome," Sgt. Matthew Battone said.

Deputies say they've been searching in water that's deeper than 90 feet, and the water is not helping, but they're determined to find the man.

The MCSO ended their search just before 8 p.m. Friday.

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