The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a search of Sodus Bay for a fisherman who was thrown into the water after his boat was hit by a wave and overturned on Monday (10/31).
David Schueler, age 48 of Kenyon Road, Williamson and Alan Shultz, age 66 of Margaretta Road, Sodus Point went fishing earlier in the day. At approximately 10:00am their boat was overturned and both men went into the water. Neither man was wearing a PFD (personal floatation device) and Shultz was wearing a snowmobile outfit. At approximately 10:30am Shultz drifted away leaving Schueler clinging to the 16 foot aluminum boat.
Schueler was picked up at 2:30 pm by a passing vessel who reported the incident to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Sheriff’s Marine Division were quickly on scene and began a surface search for Shultz. Schueler was transported to Newark Wayne Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and admitted to the hospital for observation.
The Sheriff Office’s two boats were assisted by boats from Sodus Point, North Rose and Alton Fire Department along with Red Creek Rescue Divers. The Canadian Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and the United States Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and two boats. Local fire departments also conducted a ground search on the northwest shore of the bay.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office continued its recovery operation on Tuesday morning for Schultz.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division the Pultneyville Fire Department Rescue Boat and the New York State ENCON boat to search the bottom of Sodus Bay utilizing Side Scan Sonar, Flat Sonar and Underwater Camera Systems. Sheriff’s Scuba Divers assisted the boatcrews in identifing reflections.
The search will continue November 3rd utilizing this technology to view the bottom of Sodus Bay in an attempt to recover Schultz’s body.