GILFORD — The search for missing boater Domenic Tringale, 63, of Chelmsford, Mass., continued all day yesterday.
Search efforts are concentrated on the east side of Governors Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, said Marine Patrol Sgt. Crystal McLain and Sgt. Brad Morse.
Tringale's identity was released yesterday, three days after his boat was found going around in circles with only his dog on board. McLain said Marine Patrol officers were unable to safely board the 17-foot craft, but at some point the outboard engine either stalled or it ran out of gas and stopped. She said the dog was unharmed and returned to Tringale's relatives.
As to the status of the search, McLain said that as this point it is being classified by the N.H. Department of Fish and Game as a recovery search and not a rescue search.
"Nobody saw it occur," McLain said when asked if the investigating departments had been able to determine what happened to Tringale. "According to family members, he would head out (to go fishing) early in the morning and return to the east side of Governor's Island between 9:30 or 10 a.m."
"We believe he was returning from his morning of fishing," she said.
McLain said the call for the circling boat came at 9:34 a.m. Saturday morning and triggered a massive grid search using boats from the Marine Patrol, Gilford and Laconia Fire Departments, and divers from the Marine Patrol and the Department of Fish and Game.
As of yesterday, Morse said there were no longer divers in the water. He said they began yesterday using the Laconia Fire Department's side-scan sonar and by noon the Maine Warden Service came to the area with a more sophisticated and larger side-scan sonar unit.
"Maine said they would stay through tomorrow," Morse said.
Morse also said they are using a remote-controlled mini-submarine unit to search for Tringale. He also said that at one point they were assisted by a State Police helicopter.
When asked if the Marine Patrol had examined the boat, she said they had been concentrating all their resources on the search, but the boat is secured and will be examined.
McLain said they have had some leads, including a kayaker who saw McLain fishing before he and his boat were separated. She said they used the kayaker's information that was reported to them on Sunday about his location to try and narrow the search.
McLain and Morse both said the search will continue today.
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