3 people missing after fishing trip in Lake Superior

Pictured is a 14-foot recreational boat owned by Keith Karvonen, who went missing in Lake Superior with two others, Sept. 17, 2016. The U.S. Coast Guard, local agencies and Canadian partners are searching for him. (Photo courtesy of the Karvonen family)
Pictured is a 14-foot recreational boat owned by Keith Karvonen, who went missing in Lake Superior with two others, Sept. 17, 2016. The U.S. Coast Guard, local agencies and Canadian partners are searching for him. (Photo courtesy of the Karvonen family)

CHASSELL, Mich. (AP) – Authorities in the Upper Peninsula are searching for three boaters, including a 9-year-old boy, who didn’t return after fishing in Lake Superior.

Family members called police when the trio didn’t return for a fish fry Saturday night. Their boat trailer and truck were still at a marina in Houghton County.

The boy and his father are from Ishpeming. They were with a 61-year-old man from Atlantic Mine. They were headed to Lake Superior in a 16-foot boat after launching from Chassell.

On Sunday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard identified one of the missing as Keith Karvonen. He owned the 14-foot boat, pictured above, that the group is expected to be aboard.

Search efforts have totaled approximately 20 hours and 1,500 square miles. State police Sgt. Jamie Patterson says the lake may have been a bit choppy Saturday but the weather was “pretty decent.”

The search involves state police, the U.S. and Canadian coast guards and local police.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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