VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard ended the search for a missing kayaker near the Lynnhaven Inlet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Multiple crews were searching around the Lesner Bridge/Lynnhaven Inlet for the kayaker reported missing Tuesday morning.

The Coast Guard says they began the search Tuesday morning after a woman reported her son, 27-year-old Ryan Tew, missing to Virginia Beach dispatchers.

She said she last spoke to him on the phone around 4 a.m. He departed around 11:30 p.m. Monday night to fish from Crab Creek in a red kayak and had been scheduled to return around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard and local partner agencies searched for two days, covering more than 1,873 square miles. 

“After exhaustively combing the search area with multiple air and on-water crews, we made the difficult decision to suspend our search for this missing kayaker,” said Capt. Jennifer Stockwell, Coast Guard Sector Virginia commander. “We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Tew.”  

Ryan Tew (Photo released by Coast Guard)

Multiple units have been searching the area, including:

  • Coast Guard Station Little Creek 
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City 
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission 
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police Department 
  • Virginia Beach Police Department 
  • Virginia Beach Fire Department 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.