Coast Guard searching for possible person in water near Sylvan Beach, NY

Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 63-year-old male possibly in the water in the vicinity of Sylvan Beach, New York.

At 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received a report of an unmanned, adrift kayak. Once the kayak was located, keys, a wallet, and a cell phone were discovered inside the kayak.

The person suspected to have been paddling the kayak has been identified as a 63-year-old male from Wisconsin who was planning to kayak the Erie Canal.

A debris field, including a tent and camping gear, was located near buoy 109 shortly after the search began.

A Coast Guard response boat-small crew from Oswego, New York, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Michigan, and Canadian air assets from Trenton will continue searched throughout the night.

Other local agencies assisting in the search were New York State Police Aviation Unit; and Brewerton, Bridgeport, South Bay and Sylvan Beach Fire Departments.

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