Coast Guard searching for possible missing kayaker

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Search crews from two Coast Guard stations are searching for a possible missing kayaker near Wingaersheek Beach, Mass., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Mass., received the report of a drifting kayak from Gloucester Police at 2:45 p.m., Wednesday. Search planners at Coast Guard Sector Boston launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Station Gloucester and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River to search in the vicinity of Wingaersheek Beach, just south of Gloucester, Mass.

The kayak has no markings or contact information and the Coast Guard is asking the community for help identifying the boat and its owner.

The Coast Guard sponsors Operation Paddle Smart to help recreational paddlers safely enjoy the waters of New England. One item stressed in the education portion of Operation Paddle Smart is the importance of marking canoes and kayaks to aid searchers in the event the vessel breaks loose or drifts away.

When searchers can quickly identify a vessel’s owner, it aids in the planning of the search and determines if there is an actual emergency.

Anyone with information about this case can contact Coast Guard Sector Boston at (617)223-3123.

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