Bodies of Missing Maine Kayakers Located

Two kayakers who were reported missing near Portland, Maine, on Sunday evening were found unresponsive in their lifejackets about three miles southeast of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at about 9 a.m., today and were later pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Deceased are Irina McEntee, 18, and Carissa Ireland, 20.

“Our thoughts remain with the women’s families and friends during this extremely difficult time,” said Capt. James McPherson, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

Coast Guard crews from Station South Portland, Maine, Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., the Kittery, Maine, based Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, the South Portland-based Coast Guard Cutters Jefferson Island and Shackle, and the Southwest Harbor, Maine-based Coast Guard Cutter Bridle searched for more than 15 hours, along with Maine Marine Patrol, Maine State Police, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife before finding the women. Portland fire and police departments as well as the Cape Elizabeth Water Extraction Team also significantly contributed to the unified response with extensive waterborne and island searches throughout Sunday night and Monday morning.

“While the outcome was most unfortunate, the unified command center assured that federal and local resources were maximized and working in coordination during the search on both land and sea,” said Chief Fred LaMontagne of the Portland Fire Department.

McEntee and Ireland were reported missing at 5:20 p.m., Sunday when they hadn’t returned from their trip from Peaks Island, Maine, to Ram Island, Maine.

Mariners are reminded that despite recent warm air temperatures, the water is still dangerously cold. Boaters and paddlers heading out onto New England waters should be very cautious of the cold and wear appropriate cold-water survival gear in addition to life jackets.

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