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Fourth body found in lake

Alex Green • May 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Just days after finding the body of a fisherman missing since a boating mishap last month on Lake Erie, authorities on Thursday found the body of the last missing boater.

U.S. Coast Guard crews discovered the body of Andrew Rose, 33, floating miles offshore, not far from where the capsized boat was found weeks ago.

“He didn’t appear to move too far,” Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick said.

The discovery came two days after a Carroll Township family found the body of Bryan Huff, 32, of Rossford, washed ashore near Green Cove.

Huff and Rose had been missing since April 17, when their boat capsized during a fishing outing.

The bodies of two other people who were with them on the trip — Amy Santus, 33, of Perrysburg, and Paige Widmer, 16, of South Carolina — were found April 17, floating in the lake. Both were wearing life jackets.

The four anglers set off on Lake Erie April 16 in a 21-foot fishing boat, leaving from a boat ramp near Davis-Besse. At about 2:30 a.m. April 17, after the group failed to return, family members reported them missing.

Hours later, search crews found the capsized boat about six miles north of Locust Point, near the Toussaint Reef. The boat was undamaged, which would indicate there was no crash, authorities have said.

The bodies of Santus and Widmer were found just hours after the boat turned up. Autopsies showed the two drowned. Autopsyresults are still pending on Huff and Rose, Ottawa County authorities said.

The tragedy puts a somber note on the start of the Lake Erie boating season.

“Tragically, it is something that happens up here from time to time” Levorchick said.

Excluding the four deaths in this incident, Ohio has seen 62 boating deaths since 2010, according to data from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Lake Erie was host to 16 of those deaths, while other lakes in the state claimed 40 lives. In many of the cases, the victims were not wearing life jackets or they were not wearing life jackets correctly.

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