LUNA PIER, Mich. (WWJ) – Three Toledo-area boaters who disappeared Sunday have been found in Lake Erie. John Coates, Jesse Perez, and Ryan Root, all 21-years-old, went onto Maumee Bay Sunday afternoon and disappeared.
Coast Guard Lt. Spencer McFarland says their intense search paid off Monday morning.READ MORE: Recession Concerns Loom, Financial Experts Say Don't Make Emotional Decisions
“We got a call from somebody on shore, near Toledo Beach, said that he saw a red hand-held flare ignite, look like there was a boat off of Luna Pier, Michigan – he could see a boat out there and somebody waving a red flare so we took that information – we got the approximate position and sent our helicopter out, and then our small boat,” said McFarland.READ MORE: Beech Leaf Disease Found On Trees In St. Clair County
McFarland telling WWJ that the Coast Guard received a report that three people were out fishing near Maumee, Toledo area – they left at around 2 p.m. Sunday – they had last talked on their cell phone to their family at 5:30 p.m. and no one heard from the trio after that.MORE NEWS: Police Search For Suspect, 2 Persons Of Interest After 19-Year-Old Fatally Shot In Downtown Detroit
Monday around 9 a.m. the men were found. All three reportedly cold and wet but in good condition otherwise. McFarland says their boat likely hit something yesterday and was damaged–they drifted seven miles before being found.