Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing 46-year-old kayaker. The search was suspended at 2:45 p.m. today.

Randy Sitter, of Canada, has been missing since he failed to return home after a kayak trip Wednesday evening.

Sitter’s kayak was found today at 10:30 a.m. near Lummi Island, Wash., with his lifejacket attached to the kayak. Sitter’s identification and keys were found in the pocket of the life jacket.

Sitter’s wife notified Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., at 1 a.m. today when her husband did not come home. Vessels and aircraft from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Navy and local agencies searched the waters of Puget Sound all day with no sign of Sitter. The extensive search lasted about 12 hours and covered more than 700 square miles.

Sea conditions in the area varied – waves were reported to be between two to four feet and the water temperature was 54 degrees.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear your lifejacket and never boat alone when in a human powered watercraft. Always file a float plan so that loved ones know where you are going and when you’ll be back.

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