Search for missing boater called off for second day


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Oneida County Sheriff's Department has called off the second day of searching for the boater that went missing on Delta Lake Tuesday night.

The boat of 62-year-old Arthur Carney, known as "Kevin" by friends, was found washed ashore just before 8 p.m. A person living on the lake found the abandoned boat and reported it to police. Crews searched the area until around midnight, but were forced to stop because it was too dark and dangerous for the search members.

Boats, jet skis and a dive team were dispatched early Wednesday to continue looking for the Rome resident. The Oneida County Sheriff's Department is investigating with the help of the Delta Lake and Westernville Fire Departments.

Officials believe the weather may have contributed to his disappearance.

"There was a storm that came up quickly yesterday afternoon, shortly after he left the launch and he has not been seen since," said Lt. James McCarthy of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Officials say because of poor visibility, due to the weather, it's tough for divers to see more than two feet in front of them below the water. They have to use special equipment to help them search the floor of the lake.

"The clarity of the water has offered us some problems," said Lt. McCarthy. "We do have what they call a 'side-scan sonar.' We're going to go out now in the areas he may have been seen in or the boat was seen in and work those areas to hopefully mark a target and then we'll send divers in on that target."

The Sheriff's Office sent out a reverse 911 call to residents in the area to alert them.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officials said they were calling off Day Two of the search.

They're asking anyone who may have seen him operating the 20-foot black Pontoon boat or anyone with information to contact the Oneida County Sheriff's Office at 315-736-0141.

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