Coast Guard: Jet skiers saw unmanned kayak blow into water, search suspended

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard says jet skiers in Virginia Beach reported seeing an inflatable kayak blow into the water and attempted to pull it to shore before cutting it loose Friday evening.

The Coast Guard said earlier Friday that a search was underway for a possible missing kayaker about 1 mile off Lynnhaven Inlet in Virginia Beach.

However, officials said around 11 p.m. that there is no correlating search-and-rescue case after learning more information from the jet skiers.

The search was suspended just before 9 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard officials said a Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources officer reported around 5:25 p.m. that there was an unmanned inflatable kayak found adrift Friday evening.

The kayak had a hole in it and was deflated. A paddle was also located about 100 yards from the kayak.

Once the Coast Guard received the report, they treated it as a “potential person in the water” case, officials said.

Crews for the search included a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, an HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City. Virginia Beach Fire crews, Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources were also assisting in the search.

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