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

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers have suspended the search for a missing kayaker near Kalisof River, Alaska.

The 38-year-old man was reported missing by his father Wednesday and an extensive search was conducted throughout the night into Thursday afternoon.

Multiple search and rescue assets assisted in the search including Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and Forward Operating Location Cordova, a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules crew and the crew of the Homer-based Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island. Alaska Air National Guard provided a 176th Wing HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew from the 210th rescue squadron with two pararescuemen from the 212th rescue squadron. The Alaska State Troopers provided a helicopter crew, trooper boat and ground personnel in the search.

The man’s kayak was located in Cook Inlet near Clam Gulch, but no other signs of the kayaker were found. Weather during the search was reported as calm.

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always difficult,” said Michael McNeil, search and rescue mission coordinator, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of the missing kayaker.”

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for Lief Osmar pending the development of new information.

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