Coast Guard, local partners searching for missing 73-year-old kayaker

Coast Guard Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo.

Coast Guard Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat file photo.

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a missing kayaker Saturday, who was reported missing in the area of Bogue Inlet, North Carolina.

Missing is Warren Liner, 73, last seen on Bear Island in Hammocks Beach State Park.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received the initial report from the Onslow County 911 dispatcher on Dec. 31 that a man had been reported missing by his spouse after not returning from a kayaking trip. His kayak was found on Bear Island Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard is searching with crews aboard the following assets:

  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City
  • A 24-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Emerald Isle
  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Fort Macon
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat

Also searching are crews and assets from the following agencies and municipalities:

  • Hammocks Beach State Park Rangers
  • Onslow County
  • North Carolina Marine Patrol
  • Town of Swansboro
  • Town of Emerald Isle
  • City of Jacksonville
  • Pender County

Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to reach out to Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at (910) 343-3880.

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