Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard is searching for a 46-year-old kayaker after he failed to return from a trip Wednesday night and his kayak was found ashore at Lummi Island, Wash.

Coast Guard Group/ Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., was informed by Canadian authorities that the man’s wife called to report him overdue about 1:00 a.m today.

The man, who is a Canadian resident, told his wife he planned to return Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.

Air Station Port Angeles launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., launched a 33-foot vessel to search for the kayaker.

A helicopter crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., and several Coast Guard Auxiliary boats and aircraft have also joined the search.

At 10:30 a.m., the man’s kayak, identification and life jacket were found on the eastern shore of Lummi Island.

Randy Sitter, the missing kayaker, is approximately six-foot tall, 200 pounds, with green eyes and a shaven head.

Anyone who has information that could aid in the search should contact the Coast Guard District 13 command center at (206) 220-7001.

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