Body of sailboat owner recovered from Green Bay

Posted at 2:28 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 15:28:10-04

TOWN OF GARDNER -- Authorities have recovered the body of a missing boater from the Bay of Green Bay.

The Door County Sheriff's Department said a sailboat with nobody aboard was found washed ashore around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Traverse City, Michigan spotted the body around 9:30 a.m. Saturday but they were unable to reach him due to high waves.

Chief Deputy Pat McCarty tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette that deputies then recovered the body.

The Sturgeon Bay area man, who owned the sailboat, had gone sailing by himself Friday afternoon.

Coash Guard spokesman Tom Morrell says the man was wearing both a life jacket and dry suit.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

The man's name has not been released.