SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. -

The United States Coast Guard has ended its active search Wednesday afternoon for two adults and one child who went missing in Lake Superior Saturday night.

"This is the most difficult decision we have to make during a search effort," said Comdr. Carolyn Moberley, of Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie. "Coast Guard boat crews, aircraft, the cutter Biscayne Bay, as well as Canadian aircraft and numerous state and local resources have searched nonstop over an extensive portion of Lake Superior for these overdue boaters. Our very deepest condolences go out to the families of these individuals."

The Coast Guard searched for a total of 151 hours covering more than 14,000 square miles.

The Coast Guard began its search Saturday night after receiving a report that the three individuals had no returned form fishing at 5 p.m. as expected. The boat owner's trailer and truck were still at the local marina.