Owner of abandoned kayak located after intensive search

BOSTON – A 55-year-old Exeter, R.I. man called the Coast Guard this morning at 9:26 a.m. to report he is the owner of an abandoned kayak that washed ashore behind the Dune’s Club in Narragansett, R.I. last night.

The abandoned kayak prompted an intensive Coast Guard search using an Air Station Cape Cod helicopter and a 41-foot utility boat from Station Castle Hill, R.I.

Fishermen reported finding the abandoned kayak last night, and also located nearby was a shoe, sweat pants, a cooler with live eel, and a kayak back rest.

Narragansett, R.I. police called Sector Southeastern New England 12:50 a.m. after becoming concerned that a person or persons may be missing on the water.

The 41-foot utility boat launched at 1:30 a.m. and the helicopter arrived on scene and began actively searching at 2:36 a.m.

At 7:45 a.m, the Coast Guard issued a press release asking anyone with information on the kayak to call Sector Southeastern New England.

The Rhode Island Environmental Police talked to the owner, who stated that he and another man were fishing around midnight last night when their kayaks overturned. They both struggled to get to shore, but they left the scene without initially reporting the incident, leaving one of the kayaks adrift.

“We strongly encourage those seperated from their boats to call their nearest Coast Guard unit right away,” said Chief Gerald Welton. “If we got this information sooner, then we could have called off our search. These men were in distress and luckily were able to save themselves because they were wearing life jackets. Without knowing they made it to shore, however, it made us think they could have still been in the water and needing help. We are glad they are both ok.”

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