Search called off for man spotted floating off Long Point

LONG POINT — Police have stopped searching the waterways along Long Point in Lake Erie after coming up early in their efforts to find a missing person.

On Monday evening, emergency officials responded to Lake Erie south of Long Point after a witness became concerned when they saw the man floating out on the lake.

The witness reported seeing a male on a floatation device drifting away from shore out into the lake.

Staff from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), consisting of search and rescue professionals from Canada and the United States, were on scene assisting with a comprehensive search of the area.

OPP, Norfolk County Fire Department and Long Point Provincial Park staff were called to the scene to help with the rescue effort.

Searchers located a blue and white single person floatation device (similar to a tire tube), however, as of press time no person had been reported located.

The OPP has not been able to confirm if the floatation device found by the searchers was occupied.

An aerial search of the area near Long Point was also conducted.

Police say officers canvassed area residents but were not told of anyone who is missing or unaccounted for.

Police continue to investigate this reported disappearance and urge anyone who may have any information that may assist the search effort to contact the OPP at 1-888- 310-1122.

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