Coast Guard: No sign of missing boaters

Posted at 3:18 PM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 15:18:07-04

PORT SHELDON, Mich. — A search is underway for two boaters who are missing on Lake Michigan. Two helicopters, an airplane, and a boat are searching for the two men who were reported to have been fishing but reported as missing to the U.S. Coast Guard Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard said that as of Thursday morning, nothing of note has been found of the men.  They suspended the search at about 2:30pm, but resumed it later in the afternoon when a plan with more high-tech search equipment became available from the eastern side of Michigan.

Courtesy US Coast Guard.

Courtesy US Coast Guard.

The men—Chris Thode, 25, and Aaron Juarez, 40, of Wyoming—were last heard from late Friday night when they left for a fishing trip.  It is believed that they launched from Port Sheldon, Michigan, into Pigeon Lake, which connects to Lake Michigan. The two left aboard a 16-foot white and blue boat.

Local authorities confirmed that the men's truck and boat trailer were at the boat ramp.

Anyone with information that may aid in this search is asked to contact the Sector Lake Michigan Command Center at 414-747-7190.