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Search and rescue teams look for missing boater near Ajax

Search and rescue teams are scouring the shore of Lake Ontario near Ajax in search of a missing boater. Police launched the operation after finding an empty boat with its engine running near Rotary Park on Thursday afternoon.

Man found earlier by police says missing boater was not wearing life jacket

Rescue teams are searching for Kevin Wong, 31, who was last seen shortly before noon on Thursday. (Durham Regional Police Service)

Search and rescue teams are scouring the shore of Lake Ontario near Ajax for a missing boater.

Police believe the missing man is Kevin Wong, a 31-year-old from Toronto. His vehicle was located by police at a nearby boat launch.

"We're going to search until we recover the victim," said Const. George Tudos of Durham police.

"We always want to be positive and hopeful that we can find this person. However, we have to take into account the amount of hours that have elapsed."

A helicopter searches Lake Ontario near Rotary Park in Ajax. (Ali Chiasson/CBC)

Empty boat turns up on shore

Durham police began their search at around 2 p.m. Thursday after a report was made about an empty boat near Rotary Park on the Ajax waterfront.

When officers arrived at the scene on Thursday, they found a five metre-long aluminum fishing boat with its trolling engine still running, a police inspector said.

After searching the area, officers found another boater who had been on the water with Wong earlier in the day. He said he last saw the missing man at around 11:45 a.m., when Wong was out on the water in his boat.

The man told police that he and the missing boater had gone out on the water to film a fishing video to post on YouTube.

He said Wong was not wearing a life jacket.

Wong is described as an Asian male, 5'10" with a thin build and black beard. He was wearing a blue shirt and white running shoes at the time of his disappearance.

A Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules plane was called in to assist the search Thursday evening, but the operation was called off at around 12:30 a.m.

The search resumed as daylight broke on Friday.

The local fire department, Canadian forces, coast guard and police are taking part in the operation.

With files from Ali Chiasson