Crews conducting search-and-recovery mission for missing 73-year-old boater on Lake Wylie

The person was reported missing Wednesday night
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 12:33 PM EDT|Updated: 17 hours ago
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Steele Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, and other agencies are searching for a missing boater on Lake Wylie.

The 73-year-old man was reported missing Wednesday night near Copperhead Island. Search officials tell our reporter on the scene they found the missing man’s boat near Copperhead Island with all of his belongings.

Search crews are on the water looking on shore and near coves, but also using sonar technology to search the water. They say as of now, this is a search and recovery mission.

Rescue crews told reporters that the missing man is a frequent boater who often took his grandkids out on the boat. He reportedly lives in the area near Lake Wylie as well.

WBTV News spoke to one woman who owns a boat and jet ski rental business on Lake Wylie -- she says although sad it’s a good reminder of proper boating safety.

“There are risks involved unfortunately,” said Latonya Burgess. “Just making sure, you want to make sure they know those precautions. And know what to do when they’re out there to remain safe.”

Crews says the search will continue for the next several hours while they focus on the North Carolina side of the lake. So far, no search divers are in the water and authorities have not released the boater’s name.

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