Coast Guard searching for overdue kayaker near Anchorage, Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew patrols south of Ketchikan. Air Station Sitka operations ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors to Southeast Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David MosleyANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard, along with Alaska State Troopers and Civil Air Patrol, are searching for a missing kayaker who was reported overdue in the vicinity of Knik Arm near Anchorage Tuesday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Civil Air Patrol aircrews conducted four air searches along with numerous ground searches by Alaska State Troopers.

Bruce Grundwald was last seen Monday night aboard a yellow kayak wearing a black jacket and blue life jacket.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from Grundwald’s sister that he was overdue after he failed to return from a kayaking trip. Watchstanders directed the launch of the Jayhawk helicopter crew and issued an urgent marine broadcast to mariners in the area.

“All search assets continue to search the area where Mr. Grundwald went missing,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Yonk, Sector Anchorage command center watchstander. “Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact Sector Anchorage at 907-428-4100.”

Weather conditions in the search area was reported as 5 mph winds with 1-foot seas.

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