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Coast Guard suspends search for two missing boaters on Lake Washington

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MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- The Coast Guard is suspending the search for two missing boaters after a boat they were on was found adrift on Lake Washington.

According to Mercer Island Police, officers responded about 10:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 2) to reports of loud music coming from a boat offshore in the 7700 block of West Mercer Way.

Officers found the boat -- a red, 20-foot ski-type boat that was still playing loud music. On board the boat, officers discovered the belongings of two people, including cell phones and IDs but no one on the boat.

A truck and boat trailer belonging to the man were found at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park in Renton.

Friends and family have told police that a man and woman were on the boat and are still missing. Both were from the Seattle area, and the missing man had experience in operating this boat, police said.

"We searched extensively with our local partners for two days to locate the two people,” said LT Josh McElhaney, the command duty officer at the Sector Puget Sound Command Center. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions the Coast Guard has to make, and it is a decision that is made with great care and deliberation. We search for the missing as if one of our own is missing."

The Coast Guard is asking the public to call the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center at 206-217-6001 with any information that could help locate the two missing people.

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