Coast Guard Ends Search After Empty Boat Found

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The United States Coast Guard has ended its search for possible people in the water, following the discovery of an empty boat Friday night.

The Coast Guard says the boat’s owner, James Scott Mol, of Independence, was found safe at home Saturday morning. Mol reported that his boat had been stolen, so crews continued their search for possible persons in the water until Saturday afternoon. They ended the search after finding no signs that anyone had been injured or in distress. In addition, no missing persons report correlated with the search.

Multiple agencies began scanning the waters of Lake Erie Friday night after boaters spotted Mol’s 27-foot Sea Ray against some rocks, near Burke Lakefront Airport. They reported that no one was aboard the vessel and that it was taking on water. The boaters also said they could hear the Sea Ray’s radio.

A Coast Guard rescue boat responded, and crews took down the Sea Ray’s registration information. Cleveland Police tracked down Mol’s ex-wife but didn’t located Mol until Saturday morning.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is investigating Mol’s claims that his boat was stolen from Lakeside Yacht Club at around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Meanwhile, his Sea Ray remains partially submerged inside the breakwall near Burke Lakefront Airport. Coast Guard officials said that Mol was coordinating the efforts to remove it from the water. They also noted that the vessel was not leaking fuel or other hazardous material.

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