LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) – Multiple agencies are searching for a boater who set out to fish Wednesday in Lake Ontario and has not been seen since.
John Supple of Lewiston launched his 16-foot Starcraft from the Wilson Tuscarora State Park, according to authorities. Heavy overcast skies and rain are making it difficult to look for the 60-year-old.
His girlfriend, Heather Giambra, of Lewiston, went out Thursday morning when he hadn’t returned overnight and found his van and his trailer, but there was no sign of him or the boat. His cell phone was inside the van.
Giambra called the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. Other agencies are now involved in the search, including the Coast Guard, Border Patrol, Canadian Authorities and the Wilson Fire Company, which has its own boat. The Coast Guard says the search has widened, including a Coast Guard helicopter out of Detroit, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter, a C-130 six wing Canadian Coast Guard aircraft out of Trenton, and a Coast Guard boat out of Port Weller Ontario.
Supple’s boat is a camouflage design, it is described as a small boat with an outboard motor. It was last seen by a charter boat, between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.
A friend says Supple was testing out his fish finder for a trip he had planned to Dunkirk, and that’s why he went out. Three of his fishing buddies set out to help look for him at 2 p.m. Thursday.
“That’s not good because he’s a very smart man and he knows how to get around in this kind of water, so for him to be missing this long, it’s not a good sign at all,” said friend Jamie Brolinski.
Anyone who might know where he is should call Niagara County Sheriff’s Office or U.S. Coast Guard.
The search ended around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday with no sign of Supple. The search continues Friday morning at 5 a.m.