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Strong winds delay search

Alex Green • Apr 20, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Strong winds and choppy waters suspended crews’ search Saturday for two men last seen Wednesday before they set out on a fishing venture near Davis-Besse.

Matt Eiselstein, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said his department plans to continue the search today after taking Saturday off due to windy conditions.

The bodies of Paige Widmer, 16, and Amy Santus, 33, were recovered early Thursday after a 21-foot tracker boat was found miles offshore near Davis-Besse.

The mystery continues for Bryan Huff, 32, of Rossford, and Andrew Rose, 33, who were also on the boat.

Thursday saw the most inclusive search with vessels from the U.S. Coast Guard, ODNR and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s office contributing.

The Coast Guard ended its search late Thursday, but ODNR and the sheriff’s office will resume searching today.

Eiselstein said the search entails grid patterns — a technique that uses perfectly parallel and perpendicular search paths to ensure all water has been checked. It also takes into account recent wind patterns.

A family member called the Coast Guard Wednesday when the group did not return as expected. Since then, only tragic discoveries have been made.

Huff’s mother is doing what one would expect her to do — hope for the best. “It’s very tough,” she said. “We have a very strong group of people — friends and family and everyone — out there pulling for Bryan. We want to find him and Andy”

Feelings in South Carolina are equally somber.

Students of Pelion High School held a prayer vigil Friday for their fallen classmate, WIS of Columbia reported.

Widmer was on spring break, authorities said. WIS reported Widmer was an employee at a local grocery store and a member of the school’s volleyball team.

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