Body of missing Hamilton boater recovered in Lake Erie: OPP

The body of a 48-year-old Hamilton boater has been found in Lake Erie. OPP units had searched the area for several days before recovering his body east of Featherstone Point.

A friend looked at the lake through a telescope and saw that the boat was empty

Police say they found the body of David Doyle of Hamilton just east of Featherstone Point. (gofundme)

The Ontario Provincial Police in Haldimand County say that the body of a missing Hamilton boater has been found in Lake Erie.

Police say David Doyle, 48, went fishing at around 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 in a small boat near Featherstone Point, south of Fisherville in Haldimand County. 

But when a friend looked at the lake from a telescope about an hour later, police say, they saw that Doyle was gone and the boat was empty.

The Haldimand County OPP Marine Unit, Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, and OPP helicopter searched the area. They found the boat, but did not find Doyle. 

They continued searching Lake Erie, including an aerial search of the area, until efforts were suspended at dusk. 

The OPP Emergency Response Team and an OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit continued looking over the next few days.

On Aug. 25, at around 3 p.m., the OPP underwater unit recovered the man's body east of Featherstone Point. 

Police say that victim services of Haldimand-Norfolk are involved and helping the family. 

The OPP is asking anyone with information that might help with the investigation to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.