Coast Guard suspends search for kayaker near Tybee Island Georgia

45 Station JuneauTYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing kayaker in the vicinity of Tybee Island, at approximately 9 p.m., Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews, along with local agencies, searched for a missing 38-year-old man in the vicinity of Tybee Island since Monday. The individual has not been located.

A Coast Guard investigation has led to information indicating this case may be a possible hoax. The Coast Guard will further investigate this case in close partnership with local authorities.

Coast Guard crews covered approximately 2,584 square miles over a period of 40 hours.

Coast Guard crews searched aboard the following assets:

  • HC-130 Hercules airplanes from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida
  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
  • Coast Guard Station Tybee Island boatcrews
  • Coast Guard Cutter Chinook
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary boatcrews and aircrews

Local agencies involved in the search include crews from:

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Savannah-Chatham Metro Police
  • Tybee Island Fire Department

The Coast Guard was notified of the situation on Monday by local authorities and began the search soon after.

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