Sheriff’s Office identifies Albion man who died after boat capsized
ALBION — Carl F. Hazel, 66, of Albion is the man who died when the boat he was on capsized in Lake Ontario on Saturday morning, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Hazel was out in the lake with a friend about 9 miles from shore. The 20-foot boat they were in capsized after taking in water from 5 to 7 foot high waves.
They had on life preservers while they were in the water for about two hours. They were located by a Canadian freighter.
The other man survived and was rescued by a private fishing vessel from Ohio and transported to Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina.
Hazel received medical attention by COVA medics on a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. He was unable to be revived.
After the boat was capsized by the waves, the two men were able to communicate with each other for a short period of time before becoming separated by the rough waters, Sheriff Randy Bower said.
An investigation is ongoing by the Orleans and Niagara County Sheriff’s Offices.