Maine Kayaker Dies After Going Missing off Coast
April 16, 2012
A kayaker who was found Saturday evening off Maine’s Higgins Beach in Scarborough after a multi-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard and others has died, according to an article in the Portland Press Herald. Maine Kayaker Dies After Going Missing off Coast
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From the U.S. Coast Guard:
The Coast Guard found the kayaker after a friend reported him missing near Saco Bay, Maine, Saturday.
Maine Marine Patrol aircraft found the 51-year-old’s kayak upright and empty approximately 150 feet off Higgins Beach, Maine, at 6:30 p.m.
The kayaker had been kayaking to Bluff Island from Pine Point. Maine Marine Patrol located the kayaker’s vehicle to confirm he had not returned home.
A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station South Portland and an MH-60J rescue helicopter from Air Sation Cape Cod began searching immediately. The rescue helicopter located the kayaker and vectored in nearby marine units who recovered him unresponsive. He was wearing a grey lifejacket and dark wet-suit. He was then transferred by Coast Guard boat crews to emergency medical services at Pine Point for further transport to Maine Medical Center.
Good Samaritans, Biddeford Fire, Cape Elizabeth Water Extraction Team, and Scarborough Marine units aided in the search.