Coast Guard ends search for missing kayaker

1st Coast Guard District NewsNORTHPORT, N.Y. – The Coast Guard ended the search for a missing kayaker after a man’s body was recovered near the entrance to the Nissequogue River, N.Y.

A Good Samaritan discovered the man approximately one mile west of the entrance to the river at approximately 12:30 p.m., while a search was underway by the Coast Guard, Suffolk County, N.Y., and New York City Police Department and Smithtown, N.Y., Constable to find the man in the area.

A Suffolk Country Marine Bureau boat crew recovered the man from the water and transported him to Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y. The body matched the description of the man who went missing Friday afternoon.

“Our hearts ache for his family as they go through this difficult time,” said Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Pollock, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y. “Our responders worked tirelessly to find this man, bringing in every available resource, but sadly it was too late.”

The Coast Guard strongly encourages all boaters of any age or experience level to wear a properly fitting Coast Guard approved lifejacket. The marine environment poses unpredictable challenges that can surprise even the most experienced boater. Wearing a lifejacket can save your life during an emergency.

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