HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - Michigan State Police and Barry County Sheriff's Department crews are searching for a boat operator who apparently disappeared Thursday morning.
Police told 24 Hour News 8 they received a 911 call around 6:30 a.m. after a boat was spotted traveling in circles with its motor on and only occupied by a dog on Thornapple Lake east of Hastings.
Police said there is a strong possibility the boat's owner, 54-year-old Terry Foster, was in the watercraft at some point, but after a day of searching there was no sign of him.
Police notified Foster's family who later arrived at the lake. Family told 24 Hour News 8 Foster enjoys fishing and is well known in the area.
Foster's friends said that he had gone fishing on the lake at 8 p.m. on Wednesday with his dog, Coco. Friends and neighbors said it was possible the boat had been running on the lake all night.
Thursday, four of six new graduates of the Michigan State Police Underwater Recovery Unit assisted with the search where the boat was found.
According to Michigan State Police, search conditions were less than ideal. The lake is part of the Thornapple River, so it has a strong current.
While divers used side-scanning sonar to search under the water's surface, the bottom of the 400-acre lake is mucky, covered with weeds and visibility was low.
Stay with woodtv.com for updates on the search.
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