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3 people rescued from the water after boats collide on Lake Erie in Huron; at least 1 person still missing

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HURON, Ohio — The United States Coast Guard is investigating after two boats collided late Tuesday evening on Lake Erie near Cranberry Creek in Huron.

According to Petty Officer Greg Schell with the Coast Guard, the collision happened around 8:30 p.m. and Coast Guard officials from the Marblehead station were sent out to respond. The Coast Guard received a call from a Good Samaritan who had rescued three people. 

"(The Good Samaritan) saw two individuals from each vessel, a total of four, eject after the collision," said Schell. 

Two people were transferred to the Huron Fire Department. The other, who was found unresponsive upon arrival, was transported by the Coast Guard to EMS and later pronounced dead. 

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At this time, officials believe that all three people were ejected from the boats as a result of the collision. 

Late Tuesday evening, crews from Marblehead and Detroit went out with Huron Fire Department's dive team to search for one person who remains unaccounted for. 

Schell said the search lasted through the night and into the morning – but was later suspended due to safety concerns. 

"A couple factors like time, temperature and survival equipment equates to a higher probability in loss of life."

The Coast Guard confirmed that crews are standing by to respond pending any further developments.

No other information is currently available. 

This is a developing story. Check back at wkyc.com for more details as they become available.


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