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Search for missing Lakewood boater goes into Monday evening

MAYVILLE -- A search for a missing boater continued in Chautauqua Lake into Monday evening.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said the family of Phillip G. Gibbs, 52, of Lakewood was notified late Sunday afternoon that Gibbs may have fallen into the lake sometime after 1 p.m. Sunday.

His boat was found anchored to the shore in Lakewood late Sunday night and a sheriff’s office dive team was sent into the lake Monday morning.

State Police are assisting in the search and the sheriff’s office is asking any boater who may have picked up Gibbs or an unidentified male swimmer in the southern portion of Chautauqua Lake up until about 6 p.m. Sunday to call the sheriff’s office at 716-753-2131.

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