Search Continues for Missing Canoeist

The Door County Sheriff’s Department is expected to mount another search for a 45 year old Illinois man who is missing & presumed drowned in the waters of Lake Michigan off of Washington Island. Mayur Patel of Highland Park, Illinois has been missing since he & a friend went out in a canoe on October 16th. When the canoe overturned, Patel & 49 year old Paolo Luzatti of Lisle, Illinois were thrown in the water. Luzatti swam to shore, but efforts to find his friend, including searches on & under the water, on land & in the air have had negative results. The sheriff’s department says, weather permitting, a dive team will try again to locate Patel Thursday with the help of a submersible provided by the Department of Natural Resources. The divers will concentrate on an area pointed out earlier by cadaver dogs.

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