Coast Guard searching for overdue kayaker near Marshall Island, Maine

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for an overdue kayaker Saturday who went missing at about 12:00 p.m. near Fog Island, Maine.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call at 6:13 p.m. that 45-year-old Tony Cashman of Ontario, Canada, was missing from a group of six kayakers on a trip from Isle Au Haut to Rich’s Point in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

When they arrived at Marshall Island they confirmed Cashman was not with them. They suspected he may have been ahead of them, but were unsure.

Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, launched aboard a MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter, and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor was dispatched to the area. The Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark also diverted from patrol to assist in the search and is currently enroute.

“We have multiple crews intensively searching the area by sea and air,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Kiener, the operations unit controller at the Sector Northern New England Command Center. He said the Coast Guard was joined by the Maine Marine Patrol and will search throughout the night and into the morning.

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