US Coast Guard searching Lake Michigan for fisherman

Coast Guard boat on Lake Michigan.

KEWAUNEE, Wis. — The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for a missing fisherman on Lake Michigan near Kewaunee.

Officials are searching Thursday for Mark Wautelet, who is in his 60s. Officials say Kewaunee Dispatch notified the Coast Guard late Wednesday of a 35-foot pleasure craft with one occupant that left the Kewaunee Marina at about 5 p.m. and was due back by about 9:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a helicopter found the vessel beached on shore early Thursday before it left to refuel. Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed nobody was aboard the boat, which was rigged for fishing. A helicopter was to continue searching Thursday.

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