Niagara Regional Police were notified by the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton of an overdue boater from the Fifty Point Marine around 11 p.m. on Friday. The boater was believed to be in the Grimsby area of Lake Ontario when an intense thunderstorm swept through.
Police officers searched along the shore of the lake, while the Canadian Coast Guard launched a marine search.
The coast guards found the missing 32-foot sailboat, named Westwind, in the area of Jordan Harbour around midnight. It was aground and unoccupied when it was found.
The coast guards, the Niagara Regional Police's marine unit and air crews from RCC Trenton continued to search the waters and along the shore overnight and throughout Saturday.
The missing boater is identified as 47-year-old Ivan Batusic from Burlington, Ont. He described as about six feet tall, 300 pounds with short grey and black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing black cargo shorts and blue sandals.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Batusic is asked to contact Det. Const. Make Rees or Det. Const. Martyn Rosborough of the Niagara Regional Police at 905-945-2211 ext. 5420 or via the communications unit at ext. 4320.