After more than 24 hours of looking, the search for a missing boater has been scaled back. Richard Sweezey was last seen leaving Seattle's Queen City Yacht Club on Friday afternoon.

The investigation started around 7 p.m. Friday when a resident in the 300 block of Lake Ave W. in Kirkland called police about the boat that had drifted into the shoreline. King County Marine Unit Deputies arrived and found the boat unoccupied.

Deputies inspected the boat and found a portable generator onboard running and a tool that was connected to the generator outside the boat dangling into the water. Deputies checked the boat registration and attempted to contact the registered owner, Richard Sweezey, at his home in Mercer Island but no one was home.

Police found paperwork in the boat that indicated that the boat is usually moored at a slip at the Queen City Yacht Club in Portage Bay. Deputies went to the marina and found Sweezey's vehicle parked in the parking lot but did not find Sweezey.

Fearing that Sweezey fell into the water, the Sheriff's Office started a search of Lake Washington between the area of the slip and where the boat had run aground.

We know he was renovating his boat, it didn't have any rails on it. The gun ledges were thin, we know the wind came up yesterday and the water was fairly rough, said Deputy Chris Bedker, King County Sheriff Marine & Dive Team

Sweezey kept his boat at the Queen City Yacht Club. A friend there said he loaned Sweezey a life jacket on Friday. Investigators say the life jacket was still on the boat when they got to it.

Investigators are asking for anyone who may have seen the boat on Lake Washington Friday afternoon to call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311.

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