Missing kayaker located near Anchorage, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing kayaker who was reported overdue near Anchorage Tuesday evening after he was located safe.

Tuesday evening Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders received a report from Alaska State Troopers that a man was overdue from a kayaking trip from Knik Arm access to Cottonwood Creek in Wasilla.

The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew predeployed in Cordova to conduct a search.

Sector Anchorage command center watchstanders were informed this morning by the missing kayaker’s wife that the kayaker ran into low-tide conditions and was unable to reach his intended destination in Wasilla. The kayaker abandoned his vessel and hiked back to his vehicle near the Knik Arm access where he contacted his wife.

“The kayaker was unable to reach his family or call for assistance because his cell phone battery ran out,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Lindsey Green, Sector Anchorage watchstander. “This case illustrates the importance of having reliable means of communication when heading out on the water in the event of an emergency.”

No injuries were reported.

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