Search for missing kayakers on Lake Erie ends

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LORAIN, Ohio (WIVB) — The search for two missing kayakers on Lake Erie was ended on Wednesday morning.

Nicole Launert, 27, and Mike Smith, 30, were supposed to return to Lorain, Ohio on Tuesday night, but did not. They are still missing.

The search began that night when the owner of Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle told the U.S. Coast Guard that two rental kayaks had not been returned by the time they were expected to be given back.

In the morning, two missing kayaks were located roughly 100 feet from a boat launch. Following that, the Coast Guard closed the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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