Sunday, September 18, 2016

U.P. Breaking News: Coast Guard leads air, water search for boating family missing on Lake Superior

By Greg Peterson
Posted on U.P. Breaking News Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016
and updated at 3:15 p.m. today

[Editor's Note: See below for updates to this article.]

BARAGA -- U.P. Breaking News has confirmed that a massive air and water search using dozens of boats, airplanes and helicopters has been launched to find a family -- two adults and one child -- who are missing on Lake Superior.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) tells U.P. Breaking News that their largest plane -- C-130s from North Carolina -- flew in last night and returned back to North Carolina, leaving the search to Canadian Coast Guard with similar planes. The C-130 from North Carolina is returning to the scene.

The search is on Lake Superior along the Keweenaw Peninsula, since the boat left from the Portage area.

Click here to listen to U.P. Breaking News exclusive interviews with USCG officials in Sault Ste. Marie and USCG Ninth District HQ out of Cleveland, Ohio.

U.P. Breaking News is withholding the name of the family that was reported missing about 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, when they failed to return to shore to attend a fish fry. Their trailer and truck have been found.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Coast Guard at (906) 635-3233.

Update from U.P. Breaking News: At 10:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, the USCG again issued its all-mariners broadcast looking for the 14-foot boat with a canvas top that left Portage area of the Copper Country. These are the missing people on Lake Superior: 61-year-old Keith Karvonen of Atlantic Mine, Mich., 43-year-old Steven Chartre of Negaunee/Ishpeming area and his 9-year-old son Ethan.

Another Update from U.P. Breaking News: On Monday afternoon, Sept. 19, Commander Carolyn Moberley, Chief of Response, USCG Sector Sault Ste. Marie, has stated the search will continue tonight and into tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 20. She reports the 140-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay from St. Ignace joined the search today. Commander Moberley requests that anyone who talked to the occupants of the boat, or saw them before their trip, needs to call the U.S. Coast Guard since even a small piece of information may be valuable. Click here for the interview. 

Editor's Note: Click here for a photo of the missing boat on Marquette's TV 6 News.

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