Coast Guard, agency partners search for missing kayaker near Kasilof River, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and Alaska National Guard are searching for a missing 38-year-old man near Kasilof River.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a call from the father of the missing man, Leif Osmar, that he may have taken his blue kayak out but had not returned after an unusually long period of time. The father informed the watchstanders that Osmar’s life jacket was still at home and did not believe his son took any survival gear.

A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cordova, an Alaska National Guard 176 Wing HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew of the 210th rescue squadron with two pararescuemen from the 212th rescue squadron aboard and an Alaska State Trooper helicopter crew made an initial search for Leif Osmar.

The Pave Hawk helicopter crew located the missing kayak in the vicinity of Clam Gulch but Osmar was not found. The trooper boat Augustine recovered the kayak during a later search.

Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island is making way to the scene to assist in the search.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Leif Osmar should contact Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center at 907-428-4100.

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