Fatal boating accident on Lake Ontario leaves one dead

Posted at 10:35 PM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 11:40:58-04

One man is dead following a fatal boating accident on Lake Ontario Saturday morning. 

Two men were fishing about nine miles offshore Saturday morning when their boat took on five to seven foot waves, causing the boat to sink.  At the time, both were wearing life jackets, but the rough waters caused the two to become separated in the water.

According to the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, the deceased male has been identified as 66-year-old Carl F. Hazel of Albion, NY.

The Coast Guard in Rochester called the Orleans County 911 Center around 11:30 a.m. with a report of two men recovered in Lake Ontario nine miles offshore.  One of the men was said to be unresponsive and the other in shock.  It's believed they were both in the water for approximately two hours before being seen by a Canadian Freighter.

Marine One alongside COVA Medics joined the US Coast Guard Cutter to provide medical attention to Hazel.  He was later pronounced dead and transported back to Lake Breeze Marina.

A private fishing boat from Ohio rescued the second man, taking him back to Lake Breeze Marina, as well.  

Various entities assisted in the rescue including the US and Canadian Coast Guards.  The investigation is ongoing by the Orleans and Niagara County Sheriff's Offices. 

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