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Search for missing Clermont Co. boater resumes

Search continues for missing Clermont Co. boater
Search continues for missing Clermont Co. boater
Posted at 3:17 PM, Nov 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 10:43:15-05

EAST FORK STATE PARK, Ohio -- The search resumed Tuesday morning for a fisherman who fell into East Fork Lake Sunday night. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources had suspended its search Monday when snow began to fall.

ODNR said Sunday night the fisherman and a hunter were in a boat together when it overturned. The hunter swam to shore, but the fisherman was not seen again.

"Boat went down in East Fork," the hunter told Clermont County Dispatch after swimming to shore. "The other guy is struggling. He's still in the water."

Emergency crews, including members of Ohio Task Force 1, searched for five hours Sunday night before calling the search off due to inclement weather.

The search picked up Monday as five boats, each with two officers onboard, and all but one with sonar, went out onto East Fork Lake. According to ODNR's Lt. Aaron Brooks, searchers had discovered the boat but not the fisherman's body when the search ended.

ODNR officers are equipped with side scan sonar Tuesday, according to an agency spokesperson. The search resumed at about 9 a.m.