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Published: Friday, 7/5/2013 - Updated: 3 years ago


Dive team hunts man, 36, off Estral Beach


MONROE — The dive team from the Monroe County Sheriff's Department searched Lake Erie in the Estral Beach area Thursday for the father of an 8-year-old boy who jumped into Lake Erie on Wednesday night during a fireworks exhibition.

Deputies said the father, 36, whose name has not been released, swam to the boy but became disabled and disappeared. A nearby boater rescued the boy, who wore a life jacket.

A spokesman for the Coast Guard's Detroit office said the father was watching a fireworks show with his wife, 28, and a son, 3, from their boat. Estral Beach is about six miles north of Monroe.

The Toledo Coast Guard detachment joined the search effort along with a Coast Guard helicopter.

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