Body of Missing New Hampshire Kayaker Found

PORTLAND, Maine – The body of Timothy Gutmann was located by Maine Marine Patrol approximately six miles east northeast of the Saco River entrance at 1:58 p.m. today. Coast Guard crewmembers from Station South Portland and Air Station Cape Cod secured waterside and flight search patterns and called off further search efforts following the discovery.

Gutmann, a resident of Durham, N.H. , was found six miles from his last known position. He was reported missing by his kayaking partner Brandon Andrusic, a Biddeford, Maine resident to the Biddeford Police Department at 7 a.m. today.

According to Andrusic, both men were in single kayaks in the Biddeford Pool area when they simultaneously capsized at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Andrusic righted his kayak, but lost sight of Gutmann, paddled to a nearby island, spent the night due to weather and exhaustion, paddled back to shore early this morning and notified the police.

Other agencies integral in the search were: Maine Marine Patrol, Scarborough Fire Department, Cape Elizabeth WET Team, Biddeford Fire Department and Saco Fire Department. There were a total of 10 assets on scene that searched for Gutmann.

Gutmann and Andrusic were both wearing wet suits, personal flotation devices and strobe lights. They also had a survival kit. On-scene weather Tuesday evening was reported as winds at 22 knots and five-foot seas with a small craft advisory in effect. Water temperature was approximately 44 degrees.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Gutmann who experienced loss in this tragic accident,” said Coast Guard Captain Steve Garrity, Sector Northern New England Commander.

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