By Tim Kowols
Emergency personnel from eight different agencies in the United States and Canada searched 425 square miles over the course of 20 hours Thursday but still came up empty in their search for a missing Kewaunee boater. The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department received the initial call just before 11 p.m. Wednesday night that 38-year-old Mark Wautelet had gone missing after leaving Kewaunee Harbor to go fishing earlier in the day. The United States Coast Guard was able to locate the missing boat with help from its helicopter, but Wautelet has yet to be found. He is described as he being six feet tall, 270 pounds, and has light brown hair. Police departments from Algoma and Kewaunee, the Eagle III helicopter, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Door County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, and even the Royal Canadian Air Force joined in the search before the Coast Guard suspended operations after 5 p.m. Thursday. There was no set time on when the search would continue according to a press release from the United States Coast Guard.