Coast Guard recovers kayak, search to continue through night

PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard will continue searching throughout the night for kayaker Hamilton Wood, who has been missing since Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is scheduled to remain on scene throughout the night.

Earlier today a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor recovered Wood’s kayak in the vicinity of Boon Island, Maine.

“Because Mr. Wood’s kayak was found within the established search area, we feel confident that we have are searching the right area,” said Capt. Jim McPherson, commander of Sector Northern New England.

More than 200 people from the Coast Guard and state and local agencies have been involved in the search for Wood since Friday.

“I’m proud of all the people who have helped in the search for Mr. Wood,” said McPherson. “All of the crews have done a great job throughout the search. A boat crew from Station Portsmouth Harbor remained on scene in freezing temperatures last night and the Reliance will remain out tonight.”

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  1. Ann Kuster says:

    Thank you to all the Coast Guard and volunteers who are searching for our dear friend Toby Wood. We are grateful for your patience and perseverence in the search. Toby is an incredible father and friend to so many. We appreciate your good faith and we admire your tenacity. Toby lived life the fullest, with adventure in his heart. He was an incredible counsellor and therapist to troubled youth and teens, showing them the path to a better life from all their challenges. Toby was the leader of the crowd at all our championship Hopkinton High School soccer games. We pray for you all.
    Annie, Brad, Zach and Travis in Hopkinton