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Family hopeful in search for Windsor-area man missing off Hanlan's Point

Last Updated Sep 7, 2018 at 8:13 am EDT

Ivan Bruno Ujevic is seen in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/Courtesy Danica Ujevic

Update: A Windsor-area man who went missing after going overboard a Toronto Island ferry over the weekend was located on Wednesday morning. Toronto police will not confirm to neither CityNews nor 680 NEWS whether he was found dead or alive.

The search for a Windsor-area man who went missing in Lake Ontario over the weekend resumed on Wednesday morning.

Ivan Bruno Ujevic was last seen at Hanlan’s Point around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. A family member tells CityNews he was at the Electric Island celebrations with some friends but fell ill and left early.

Police say they received reports the 22-year-old either fell or jumped off the ferry shortly after departing the island.

A search by the Marine Unit failed to turn up any sign of Ujevic on Sunday night and a search on Monday had to be called off early due to the CNE Air Show. The search resumed again Wednesday morning.

Ivan’s brother, Ante Ujevic, says the family is in shock since hearing the news but they’re still holding out hope that Ivan will be found alive.

“I hear all the time of people who have gone missing and they are found,” Ujevic tells CityNews. “This last month, on Mount St. Helens in Washington, a guy was found after a week just living off berries. In Italy, this woman fell off a boat and was in the water for 10 hours and she was found ok.”

Ujevic says his brother fell into the water some 50 metres away from the shoreline. He took the ferry to Hanlan’s Point Tuesday to search himself.

“I was just paying attention to the water, the current isn’t that strong. There’s a chance that he could somehow swim to the shore,” he said. “Muggs Island is not too far away and there’s a lot of forest.”

“It was night time, he could have been disoriented, injured … there’s so many different things that could have happened.”

Ujevic is described as 6-feet tall with curly brown hair. He was last seen wearing a blue and pink button-down shirt and navy blue shorts.