Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is searching near Grand Isle, Vt., today for a man who went missing after he and a friend flipped over in their kayak at about midnight in Lake Champlain, Vt.

Neither man was wearing a lifejacket. One made it to shore, and reported to local police that his friend was missing.

After being notified by the Grand Isle, Vt., Police Department, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, located in Portland, Maine, launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Burlington, Vt.

“We are searching with a fleet of vessels from state, local and federal agencies including Customs and Border Patrol, the Vermont State Police, Colchester Fire Department, Grand Isle Fire and Rescue, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, and a team of good Samaritans,” said Paul Conner, search and rescue specialist at Sector Northern New England.

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