COCONUT CREEK, FLA. (WSVN) - The search for a boater who went out on a lake and never returned over the weekend continues.
Coconut Creek Police said 60-year-old Daniel Potter took his canoe out in Coco Lake Saturday evening.
Justine Potter is praying her husband will come home.
“He’s a great man. He’s a family man,” said Justine. “He would do anything for us. I’m really, really praying.”
Her husband, an avid fisherman, was last seen getting into his canoe at around 5:30 p.m., Saturday.
“You don’t know how to act. You don’t know how to breathe. Your heart just, you don’t know what to do,” Justine said.
Potter’s wife said he disappeared and so did his boat.
“His wallet was home,” she said. “His credit cards, his license, his phone was home, his work phone was home. There’s, you know, he was out on the boat fishing. After that, I don’t know.”
Potter’s family said an organization called Guardian For The Missing is helping them.
“We want him home. We’re desperate. We really are. It’s just a nightmare,” said Justine.
Officers searched around the lake and a forensics team left with items from the home Tuesday.
“We found his oar, we found his flip flops, we can’t find him,” said Justine.
“The family is just really frustrated because we feel that all avenues have not been exhausted,” said Potter’s sister-in-law Amber Landfield, “and you know, just because he is 60 it doesn’t mean that he is not an important person. My 14-year-old niece needs her father and my sister needs her husband. She doesn’t need to be going through something like this.”
Water rescue teams searched for him Saturday night, and a helicopter went up Sunday.
“If anybody knows anything at all to please call the Coconut Creek Police,” said Landfield. “We just want him to come home.”
Anyone with any information on Potter’s whereabouts can call detectives at (954) 973-6700.
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