Coast Guard suspends search for overdue kayaker near Anchorage, Alaska

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrives at Spruce Cape near Kodiak, AlaskaANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing kayaker in the vicinity of Knik Arm near Anchorage, Wednesday.

Response crews covered more than 850 square miles during the search for Bruce Gronewald, after receiving a report from concerned family members Tuesday morning when he failed to return from a kayak outing.

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, Civil Air Patrol and Alaska State Trooper aircrews conducted 10 air searches and multiple ground searches..

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

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Gronewald. The men and women of the Coast Guard are deeply committed to the preservation of life at sea. It is always a bitter disappointment to us when we cannot bring someone home safely. Their loss is our loss.” said Lt. Bridget Fitzgibbons, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Search and Rescue Mission Controller.

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