Search suspended for missing kayaker near Bainbridge Island, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing kayaker near Bainbridge Island, Wash., Saturday.

The 27-year-old man went missing Friday while kayaking with a friend near Port Blakely, on the south end of Bainbridge Island. The Coast Guard and Bainbridge Island Police searched an area approximately 45 square miles and with six boats and two helicopters.

Three crews from Coast Guard Station Seattle, the Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk and two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., along with two Marine Unit crews from the Bainbridge Island Police Dept., began searching for the man at approximately 10:45 p.m., Friday. The search was suspended 1:22 p.m. Saturday.

The man’s kayak and a life jacket were located during the search. On scene water temperature, at the time of the initial search, was 55 degrees with 10 knot winds and waves less than two feet.

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