Coast Guard Searching for New Hampshire Kayaker

PORTLAND – Coast Guard crewmembers from Coast Guard Station South Portland and Air Station Cape Cod are searching for a missing 40-year-old male kayaker in the Biddeford Pool area near the Saco River, Maine.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England was notified that Timothy Gutmann, a resident of Durham, N.H., was reported missing to Biddeford Police Department at 7 a.m. today. Gutmann’s kayak has been located.

According to his kayaking partner Brandon Andrusic, a 40-year-old Biddeford, Maine resident, both men were in single kayaks in the Biddeford Pool area when they simultaneously capsized 7 p.m. Monday. Andrusic righted his kayak, but lost sight of Gutmann, paddled to a nearby island, spent the night due to weather and exhaustion, paddled back to shore early this morning and notified the police.

Crewmembers aboard a 25-foot rescue boat and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter are conducting waterside and flight search patterns. Other agencies on scene assisting in the search are: Maine Marine Patrol, Scarborough Fire Department, Cape Elizabeth WET Team, Biddeford Fire Department and Saco Fire Department. There are a total of 10 assets on scene searching for Gutmann.

Gutmann and Andrusic were both wearing wet suits, personal flotation devices and strobe lights. On-scene weather Tuesday evening was reported as winds at 22 knots and five-foot seas with a small craft advisory in effect. Water temperature was approximately 44 degrees.

Captain Steve Garrity, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Commander, is directing the multi-agency search effort. “The Coast Guard and its many partners are doing all we can to find Mr. Gutmann. We expressed our sincere concerns to Mr. Gutmann’s family, who expressed their appreciation for the responders’ efforts.”

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