Missing Canoeist's Body Recovered, ID'd

Friday, Aug 19, 2011  |  Updated 10:40 AM PDT
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Missing Canoeist's Body Recovered, ID'd

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Update: The Contra Costa Coroner's office has confirmed that a body recovered from the Bay around Treasure Island is Michael Butler, the man mentioned below.

Rescuers are continuing their search this morning for a canoer who  went missing near Treasure Island on Wednesday evening.
    Three people were in the canoe near the island when it overturned,  according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Two of the boaters swam to shore and  headed home, and the third, a man, climbed back aboard the canoe.
    The two who left later returned to the shoreline and contacted the  Coast Guard at around 6:15 p.m. when they could not find the third boater or  the canoe, Coast Guard officials said.
    The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and two boats, and  Sausalito and San Francisco fire and police boats were called in to assist  with the search.
    The helicopter search was later suspended because of low  visibility, but the helicopter was dispatched back to the area at first  light, Coast Guard Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield said this morning.
    Critchfield said shoreline searches are being conducted by police  in cities including San Francisco, Sausalito, Tiburon and Berkeley.
    The Coast Guard asks anyone who sees the missing canoer to call  (415) 399-3451 or 911.

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