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CLEVELAND – Authorities have called off the search for a missing boater in Lake Erie after rescuing two others and pulling another person from the water who later died.

The U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes said a distress call came in just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday that authorities said led to an area in front of a communications tower in Painesville. A helicopter was launched from the Coast Guard Air Force Base in Detroit and a boat crew from the Port of Cleveland began searching, but an hour later the helicopter was diverted to another rescue operation in the lake off Ashtabula.

Just before 2 p.m. Saturday, a local fireboat crew reported finding coolers and other debris floating in the water off the Perry Nuclear Power Plant. Divers from the Lake County Dive Team also found a capsized and partially submerged 23-foot vessel.

The Detroit crew resumed the search after refueling and rescued one person from the water, while the fire department boat crew rescued another person. The two, a man and a woman, were wearing life jackets. The Cleveland harbor crew rescued another man, who was unresponsive and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

After the three rescues, officials learned that a third man was in the water. Officials said it was not immediately clear whether that person was wearing a life jacket. Another helicopter and a boat crew continued to search, but the operation was called off Saturday evening after 10 hours, officials said.

The previously diverted helicopter crew from Detroit had rescued five people clinging to a cooler in Lake Erie about 10 miles off Ashtabula after their 22-foot boat was swamped by a wave, officials said. The five were taken to the northeast Ohio regional airport, and officials said none of them had medical problems.