Owner Of Empty Kayak Found Off Portland Found Safe [UPDATE]
UPDATE: The Coast Guard confirmed Monday that the owner of the unlabeled, orange kayak is alive and well after capsizing Sunday night near Fort Gorges, Maine.
The kayaker said she swam to shore after capsizing Sunday around 3:30 p.m. near Fort Gorges, and arrived safely on land at approximately 8 p.m., according to a news release from the Coast Guard.
The survivor had a life jacket while swimming to shore, but said the current was too strong to pull the kayak to land.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing person after the discovery of an unoccupied kayak Sunday night off the coast of Portland.
The watercraft was found near Fort Gorges Island at about 8:45 p.m.
The Coast Guard said a bag containing a watch and a damaged cell phone was found inside the kayak.
A Coast Guard Station Portland response boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew were dispatched to locate the possible missing person.
The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information about the empty kayak to call the command center at (617) 223-8558.