The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 30, 2013

Lacking precise site, wide search of Sandy Lake for missing boater ends

The Herald

STONEBORO — The official search for a boater who has been missing since his craft capsized early Friday morning in Sandy Lake is over unless more precise information as to where the boat went over can be provided, said Stoneboro Fire Chief Rick Reither.

“We can’t search the whole lake,” he said. “It’s too labor-intensive.”

Family members and friends of the missing boater were expected to be back at the scene Sunday, Reither said, but he said he had not heard if they found anything.

Reither declined to identify the missing man. A spokesman from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission previously said he was a 29-year-old from the Sandy Lake-Stoneboro area.

“We did an extensive search in the last known area where that individual was seen and we came up with nothing,” Reither said of Saturday’s efforts by his volunteers and divers from Jamestown.

The water in the area where the boat was believed to have capsized was 28 feet deep, the chief said.

“The first day visibility was fairly good,” he said. “The second day, there were some boats on the water that stirred thing up and visibility was three feet.”

Three people were in the small, unpowered boat when it capsized a little after 4 a.m. Friday, officials said. The other two occupants, a 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, made it to shore.