Coast Guard searches for missing kayaker, requests public assistance
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker after a red kayak was located in the Annisquam River south of Wingaersheek Beach, Mass., Tuesday.
A good Samaritan located the kayak near the mouth of the Mill River at approximately 3 p.m. and notified the Coast Guard.
The kayak is a Field and Stream model and has a serial number of XLJ95913C111.
A Coast Guard Station Gloucester 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew is currently searching the area.
"We aren’t sure if the kayak simply broke free from a mooring or if there’s someone really missing," said Ens. Michael Barker, the command duty officer at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center. "Along with sending out a search crew, we are asking the public to let us know if they have any information regarding the owner of the kayak."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector Boston Command Center at 617-223-5757.
The Coast Guard recommends kayakers and other paddlers place a Paddle Smart sticker with their name and phone numbers where rescuers may reach them or a friend or relative in the event their kayak is found. Paddlers and kayakers can also use a waterproof, permanent marker to write the information on their craft.