Boat washed ashore on Canandaigua Lake

SOUTH BRISTOL — The Ontario County Sheriff's Office Monday searched land and water for an 83-year-old Rochester man after his boat washed up on the Canandaigua Lake shoreline near his cottage on Route 21.

Sheriff's deputies planned to resume their search Tuesday morning for Richard P. Myers, of 7 Park Ave., who had been last seen at around 10:30 a.m.

According to the sheriff's office, Myers had driven from his cottage at 6995 Route 21 on the west side of the lake to Smith Boys Marina on Route 21 at about 10:15 a.m., seeking assistance with getting his boat started from his residence. An employee assisted Myers at the dock of his residence, getting the boat started at around 10:30 a.m. Myers was then seen walking back toward his residence with the boat running.

Then, at 10:50 a.m. the sheriff's office received a call about an empty boat, power off, washing up on the shore line at 6983 Route 21, just a few residences north of Myers' cottage.

According to the sheriff's office, Myers has been known to swim off the boat in that area, and is in frail health.

The sheriff's office conducted an extensive search between Myers' cottage and where the boat was found. The Sheriff's Underwater Search and Recovery Team, Sheriff's Marine Patrol and the Yates County Marine Patrol searched the water, and deputies searched the shore on foot and with the help of a drone.

Myers was last seen wearing blue jeans and a red shirt. The jeans were found in his cottage, but the shirt was not. 

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 800-394-4560.