BERLIN TOWNSHIP (WWJ/AP) – Authorities have suspended their search in western Lake Erie for a 36-year-old Waterford Township man who disappeared after jumping into the water to save an 8-year-old boy.

Monroe County Sheriff Dale Malone said a 28-year-old woman called 911 about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, saying her boyfriend and son were in the water off Estral Beach.  That’s in Berlin Township, about 30 miles northeast of Toledo.

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Malone said the Oakland County couple, with two boys ages 3 and 8, were on an unanchored boat. The boy was wearing a life jacket when he jumped into the water, but he couldn’t return to the drifting boat.

A passing boat rescued the boy, but the man — who was not wearing a life jacket — went under water and never surfaced.

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The Coast Guard combed the waters all day Thursday, while an aircraft surveyed the scene from above. A boat was also dispatched to assist.

Authorities said the lake ranges from 5 feet to 9 feet deep where the man disappeared, and the water temperature was between 70 and 72 degrees.

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