RIPLEY, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 70-year-old charter boat captain was found dead in the Town of Evans after more than two weeks of being reported missing.

On July 7, Fred Forsythe, Jr. was reportedly trying to bring a fish into his boat when he lost his balance and fell into Lake Erie, near the Town of Ripley. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call just before 8:30 a.m. reporting that Forsythe had fallen from the boat.

The charter guests reportedly did not know how to operate the boat and get it turned around before Forsythe disappeared under the water. His body was discovered on Friday.

The Chautauqua County Water Emergency Team, Sheriff’s office, and Ripley Fire Department were dispatched to the scene to search for Forsythe. The search lasted five days and crews were assisted by the NYS Underwater Recovery Team.

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