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Madison Township Police: Missing boat washes up on Lake Erie shore, boater still reported missing

The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Search and Rescue responded to the scene.

MADISON, Ohio — A search remains ongoing for a missing boater after a boat washed up in Madison Township on Lake Erie's coastline.

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Madison Township Police were contacted at 9 a.m. by the United States Coast Guard and Candian Search and Rescue (SAR) after the boat was found. 

The 21-foot- long, private boat originally went missing from Canadian waters just days earlier. 

Due to rough surf, the officials who responded found it hazardous to board. 

Police officers from the Madison Township Department of Police assisted SAR and the U.S. Coast Guard by anchoring the boat to the shore with cables. 

A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter landed nearby and deployed rescue swimmers to board the boat. They were able to confirm that the boat was unoccupied.

Madison Township Police Dept. released the following statement on Twitter: 

"A small vessel reported missing two days ago in Canadian waters ran aground today on the Madison Township shoreline. Numerous Canadian search and rescue aircraft were dispatched and were operating in the area. The boater remains missing and search efforts are on-going." 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Parks and Watercraft) also assisted in efforts to recover the boat. 

At this time, authorities continue to search for the missing boater. 

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