Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker in Green Bay

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Air Station Traverse City

Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Air Station Traverse City

CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a kayaker who went missing Saturday in Green Bay near Horseshoe Island off of Peninsula State Park, pending further information or developments.

Family members of the 20-year-old man contacted the Door County Sheriffs Department shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, indicating he was expected to return by 4 p.m. The man was believed to have been kayaking from Nicolet Bay to Horseshoe Island.

Door County Sheriffs Department notified the Coast Guard shortly after 10 p.m. after a crew from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources notified them that they had found a kayak on Horseshoe Island. The man’s vehicle was located at a nearby boat ramp with his cell phone and a life jacket inside.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan command center launched a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Washington Island and an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City at about 10:15 p.m.

The Coast Guard searched through the night.

Local agencies remain on scene, including Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Door County Sheriffs, Ephraim Fire Department, and a dive team from the local agencies.

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