Saturday, April 21, 2012

Boat Capsized on Lake Ontario

UPDATE (April 29) - The body of David Tuttle was located not far from shore and in roughly 40 feet of water according to a local report.

The investigation into the capsized boat incident is still ongoing.

UPDATE (April 23) - Search for David Tuttle concluded Sunday evening with no success. Tuttle, 45 of Lowville, went missing after the boat he was aboard capsized on Lake Ontario.

Crews planned to continue a shoreline search just off Henderson Harbor, however searching on the water looked to be unlikely as weather conditions become a bit rough.

UPDATE (10:00 p.m.) - Coast Guard called off their search for missing boater David Tuttle on Lake Ontario.

UPDATE (6:45 p.m.) - No word yet from the Coast Guard as to when the search will end for the night. Its been 10 hours since the boat capsized on Lake Ontario leaving one man missing.

Weather conditions throughout the day have remained cold and wet.

This incident is the second in less than 3 weeks in which the US and Canadian Coast Guards have had to work hand-in-hand. At the end of March, tugboat Patrice McAllister caught fire on Lake Ontario, resulting in response from both sides of the border.

ORIGINAL REPORT - The U.S. Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and other responders are searching for a man who disappeared after the recreational boat he was aboard with another man capsized in Lake Ontario about a half mile north of Stony Point in Henderson on Saturday morning.

Missing is David Tuttle. His age and hometown are currently unknown.

Coast Guardsmen from Station Oswego, N.Y., rescued one man, Buck Stockman, who was found clinging to the side of the capsized 25-foot boat with a life jacket on. The boatcrew took him to shore where emergency medical technicians were waiting and further transported him to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

Stockman reported Tuttle was the only other person aboard the vessel with him when it capsized about 8:50 a.m. Stockman confirmed Tuttle was also wearing a life jacket and had it fully zipped, but Tuttle was not able to grab a hold of the boat after it capsized, and he drifted out of sight shortly after.

The U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew located the life jacket Tuttle was reportedly wearing about 500 yards from the capsized boat about 10 a.m., but found no signs of Tuttle.

Water temperatures on Lake Ontario are reportedly in the mid-40s and waves were in the 3-5 foot range. Weather conditions at the time of the incident were overcast with light rain.

Searching are the boatcrew from Station Oswego, a Canadian Coast Guard boatcrew aboard the 47-foot vessel Cape Hearne - based out of Kingston and Royal Canadian Air Force aircrews aboard a Griffon helicopter and a CC-130 Hercules plane. Also assisting are New York State Police, Henderson fire and police departments and Jefferson County Special Tactics and Rescue Team.


Anonymous said...

Do you have a update '' is this a boat from part of THE Ship Wathchers ??

Michael Folsom said...

Only update is that the missing boater remains missing at this point.

As for a "boat from The Ship Watchers," there is no such thing. There are no specific boats designated to The Ship Watcher.

These boaters had no affiliation with this web site or those who contribute to it.

Anonymous said...

Was not sure it was the wording !!

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