IPSWICH — Police Chief and Harbormaster Paul A. Nikas reports that the Ipswich Police Department was searching for a possible missing kayaker throughout the day, but has now suspended the search.
At 12:52 p.m. today police responded to a report by a fisherman who had found an uninhabited life vest floating in the water approximately 100 to 200 yards away from a blue kayak tied to a navigational buoy belonging to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The kayak was found tied to the red number two navigational buoy off of Sandy Point State Reservation on Plum Island across from Crane Beach.
Police have been able to contact the owners of the kayak, who report they were not using the kayak, all of their family members have been accounted for, and report that they do not know how the kayak came to be tied to the buoy.
Members of the Ipswich Police Marine Unit, Environmental Police and a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter searched the water for a possible missing kayaker today in the area of the buoy, and suspended their search at 4:45 p.m.
Anyone who saw someone in a blue kayak in the water near the area this morning, or with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Ipswich Police at 978-356-4343.