Search continues for missing kayaker along the Outer Banks

Purple martins by the thousands swarm the Umstead Bridge every summer. [photo courtesy Coastal Carolina Purple Martin Society]

Crews have resumed searching for a kayaker reported missing over the weekend in the Croatan Sound between the Dare County mainland and Roanoke Island.

N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Sgt. Johnathan Beardsley said the man went fishing in a kayak Saturday around 7 p.m. near the William B. Umstead Bridge, also known as the Old Manns Harbor Bridge.

The man’s wife contacted Dare County 911 on Sunday after he had failed to return home and his vehicle was found at the N.C. Wildlife access next to the bridge.

“He was reported to be in a yellow paddle kayak wearing a burgundy hoodie, a gray jacket, black sweatpants, and gray Crocs,” Beardsley said.

Details about the man’s identity have not been released.

Beardelsy said it was not known if the missing kayaker had a life jacket on board or was wearing one at any point.

N.C. Wildlife officers, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard initiated a search Sunday night, which resumed Monday morning with additional assistance from the N.C. Marine Patrol.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dare Central Communications at 252-473-3444 or N.C. Wildlife Communications at 800-662-7137.

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