Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker

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From staff reports

WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard suspended its search today for a missing 14-year-old kayaker in Kitty Hawk.

Currituck County 911 dispatchers contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 7:25 p.m. Friday reporting the teen borrowed a friend’s kayak at 10 a.m., and at about 11 a.m., a kayak was found with a cell phone and fishing gear aboard.

Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew to assist. Coast Guard crews completed their searches for the night at about 10:45 p.m.

At sunrise, an RB-S crew from Station Oregon Inlet and a Jayhawk crew from Air Station Elizabeth City resumed their search today along with crews from Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, N.C. Marine Fisheries and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Coast Guard searched for approximately 10 hours covering approximately 30 square nautical miles for the missing kayaker.