HURON, Ohio — The body of a man who fell in Lake Erie Saturday night has been recovered.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Huron police and firefighters spent about 23 hours searching for the 19-year-old man.
Police have identified the man as Henry Stout of Reynoldsburg.
He reportedly fell off the Huron Pier around 7:30 p.m. Saturday and hadn’t been seen since.
Crews started searching immediately, but said the lake conditions were so rough and dangerous that the search had to be called off until the water calmed Sunday afternoon.
Divers recovered Stout’s body around 4:55 p.m. Sunday, which was in 20 feet of water.
Witnesses told search crews exactly where Stout fell into the water. That helped dive teams pinpoint an area to search.
Huron Township Fire Captain Kurt Schaefer said even though water conditions were at zero visibility, divers were able to feel their way around and managed to find Stout’s body.
“We sent our divers down. I would say within 40 minutes we found the victim,” he said.
Officials believe Stout was trying to get from the pier to the lighthouse. They said that waves were crashing on and over the pier and he was likely knocked off the pier by a wave.
His body was found in the same area that he was reported to have entered the water.
The Huron police chief said it is a tragedy and the department extends “our sympathies to the victim’s family.”
Police had blocked off the Huron Pier while they conducted their search. It has since been reopened.