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Thursday, April 26 News

Missing kayaker found uninjured by police

WESTPORT — A kayaker who was reported missing off the coast of Compo Beach was found uninjured, police said.

Around 11:55 a.m. Saturday, the Westport Police Department received a 911 call from a concerned citizen regarding a kayaker possibly in distress.

The caller told police she had seen a yellow kayak in the waters off Soundview Avenue with what appeared to be a person clinging to it.

Upon reaching the area in question, an officer located the yellow kayak, which had washed up on the beach. Since no person had been found near the washed-up kayak, the Westport Police Marine Unit and United States Coast Guard deployed search vessels.

Shortly after the search began, an officer stationed on Soundview Avenue was approached by a male who stated that the kayak that had washed up on the beach belonged to him.

The person sadi he and a family member, who was in a separate kayak, embarked from the Southport section of Fairfield and had planned to boat to Westport, however, shortly into the trip he was thrown from the kayak by extremely choppy water.

The man said he managed to make it back ashore near Sherwood Island State Park by using the kayak’s paddle to assist him.

Although the kayaker had been in the water for an extended period of time, police said he appeared to be uninjured and declined medical attention.

The kayaker had also worn a personal flotation device, which police said likely helped him to avoid injury.


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