UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker off North Carolina coast

Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, along with Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and aircrew from Coast...
Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, along with Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were working alongside TowBoat U.S. and Atlantic Beach Fire Department to search for two possible missing persons after the discovery of their overturned vessel Tuesday morning.(U.S. Coast Guard District 5)
Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 at 5:02 PM EST
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NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Following an extensive search of approximately 425 square miles of ocean off the North Carolina coast, the search for missing kayaker, Alexander Rush, who was fishing near the Old Manns Harbor Bridge in Dare County Saturday evening, has been suspended.

“This time of year is especially dangerous for mariners in North Carolina due to colder water temperatures,” said Captain Matt Baer, Commander, Sector North Carolina. “The approximate water temperature right now is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, which a person cannot survive long in.”

The 26-year-old man who went fishing in his kayak on the Outer Banks Saturday evening was last heard from at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night and was reported missing by his wife around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

The search began Sunday night and continued into Monday with Coast Guard crews from Station Oregon Inlet, Air Station Elizabeth City. Crews from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries and the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department also participated in the search.

A yellow kayak, confirmed by a member of the man’s family to match the description of the one he departed in, was discovered overturned near Roanoke Island around 12:15 p.m. Monday.

“Based on a variety of factors, we’ve come to the tough decision to suspend the search for Mr. Rush. We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” said Baer.

Authorities say the man didn’t have a life jacket.

“I urge anyone heading out on the water during this time of year to know the environmental conditions, and make sure you have appropriate cold water gear and a personal flotation device,” said Baer.

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