Oak Harbor ice search called off after no sign of victim - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Oak Harbor ice search called off after no sign of victim

Posted: Updated:

The search for a person feared to have fallen through the ice on Lake Erie was called off Sunday afternoon, after first responders said they could find no signs of a victim.

A family in Oak Harbor feared that someone had fallen into the ice and called for help around 9:45 a.m.

"I was just scanning the ice and saw what looked to be a fisherman about as far as you could see on the ice," said Brian States. "I had somebody else look and they confirmed, yeah it looks like someone out there."

The family says they weren't sure what to do when they looked back across the ice and the person appeared to be gone.

Homeowner Judy Lanfranchi said, "Then we debated, should we call? Should we call someone? Is this a false alarm? And finally, in good conscience, we had to, and we called 911."

Searchers spent three hours on Sunday trying to determine if someone had gone missing on Lake Erie.

Carroll Township Police Chief Jody Hatfield said, "Right now, we are going to call the search off. There have been no further signs: no equipment found, no footprints or anything that have been located out on the ice."

The Carroll Township Police were assisted in the search by first responders from Ballville Township, Jerusalem Township, Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Carroll Township Fire and EMS, Ottawa County Dive Team and the Ottawa Sheriff's Office.

Chief Hatfield says pulling together the resources for a search effort can cost roughly $10,000. But in these situations, it's important to err on the side of caution.

Police ask that anyone who might have been out on the ice Sunday morning in Oak Beach, to call them and let them know they're okay.

  • LocalMore>>

  • 3 dead after motorcycle collides with dirt bike in Maybee, MI

    3 dead after motorcycle collides with dirt bike in Maybee, MI

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:54:50 GMT
    Three people are dead after dirt bike hit a motorcycle head-on. The Monroe County Sheriff's office says the crash happened around 11:30 Friday night in Maybee Michigan. A fourth person is in the hospital in serious condition.
    Three people are dead after dirt bike hit a motorcycle head-on. The Monroe County Sheriff's office says the crash happened around 11:30 Friday night in Maybee Michigan. A fourth person is in the hospital in serious condition.
  • Waterloo Elementary in contest for $25,000 playground

    Waterloo Elementary in contest for $25,000 playground

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:34:23 GMT
    Students at Waterloo Elementary in Monroe, MI, are in need of a new playground, and they're hoping you can help. They're sharing a video online to generate support. Waterloo is one of 12 finalists in a contest to win a 25-thousand dollar playground. It's called "Fuel The Cause," and it's put on by Bridgestone. Waterloo is one of five elementary schools in Monroe and it has the highest poverty rate of them all, at 80%. You can vote for the playground transformation at http://www.bridgestonetir...
    Students at Waterloo Elementary in Monroe, MI, are in need of a new playground, and they're hoping you can help. They're sharing a video online to generate support. Waterloo is one of 12 finalists in a contest to win a 25-thousand dollar playground. It's called "Fuel The Cause," and it's put on by Bridgestone. Waterloo is one of five elementary schools in Monroe and it has the highest poverty rate of them all, at 80%. You can vote for the playground transformation at http://www.bridgestonetir...
  • No injuries after water rescue at Farnsworth Metropark

    No injuries after water rescue at Farnsworth Metropark

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:43:46 GMT
    Waterville crews are trying to reach passengers on a boat stuck on the Maumee River. It's happening near Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville. No one is hurt, but a family is stuck on a boat that has been
    Waterville crews safely rescued passengers who were stuck on a boat on the Maumee River Friday afternoon. It's happened near Farnsworth Metropark in Waterville.
  • RegionalMore>>

  • Waterloo Elementary in contest for $25,000 playground

    Waterloo Elementary in contest for $25,000 playground

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:34:23 GMT
    Students at Waterloo Elementary in Monroe, MI, are in need of a new playground, and they're hoping you can help. They're sharing a video online to generate support. Waterloo is one of 12 finalists in a contest to win a 25-thousand dollar playground. It's called "Fuel The Cause," and it's put on by Bridgestone. Waterloo is one of five elementary schools in Monroe and it has the highest poverty rate of them all, at 80%. You can vote for the playground transformation at http://www.bridgestonetir...
    Students at Waterloo Elementary in Monroe, MI, are in need of a new playground, and they're hoping you can help. They're sharing a video online to generate support. Waterloo is one of 12 finalists in a contest to win a 25-thousand dollar playground. It's called "Fuel The Cause," and it's put on by Bridgestone. Waterloo is one of five elementary schools in Monroe and it has the highest poverty rate of them all, at 80%. You can vote for the playground transformation at http://www.bridgestonetir...
  • Jury finds Amanda Bacon guilty in death of her son

    Jury finds Amanda Bacon guilty in death of her son

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:02:16 GMT
    The jury found Amanda Bacon guilty in the murder of her son. She was found guilty of murder and child endangerment charges. She was not found guilty of aggravated murder. Amanda Bacon was charged with
    The jury has found Amanda Bacon guilty in the murder of her son. The jury returned a guilty verdict on murder and child endangerment charges. Bacon was not found guilty of aggravated murder.
  • Marshmallows to fall from sky in Wayne County

    Marshmallows to fall from sky in Wayne County

    The forecast in two Detroit-area communities calls for marshmallows.
    The forecast in two Detroit-area communities calls for marshmallows.