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MILFORD -- Coast Guard and local police boats were searching Long Island Sound late into Sunday night for a 32-year-old Chinese man who had been missing in a kayak since that morning.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound was leading the search in the Sound waters near Milford.

 

The kayaker, Fengquan Guan, of Beijing, was visiting friends in Milford's Hillside Avenue area and launched from there, police said.

 

"We're going to be searching through the night and tomorrow morning," said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Erin Dixon, in an e-mail about 10 p.m. Sunday. "We are not giving up, and there is still a chance that he is alive."

 

Guan started out along the city's shoreline in a gray, double-seat kayak about 11 a.m. Sunday and was expected back within two hours, said Milford Officer Jeffrey Nielsen, police spokesman.

 

His hosting friend notified police about 1 p.m. that Guan was overdue and the Milford Police Marine Unit started searching the waters. They notified the Coast Guard, which assumed the lead on the search, said Dixon, the sector's command duty officer.

 

"The kayaker was supposed to take a short trip along the beach and come back," Dixon said in a Sunday afternoon news release. "We have conducted several shoreline searches and are expanding our search farther offshore."

 

Guan speaks English, she said.

 

"Despite the warmer weather we've had, the water was 54 degrees when we started searching," said Mark Averill, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound's search and rescue planner. "It is a dangerous situation because hypothermia can set in rather quickly. The man was wearing a life jacket, which increases his chances for survival."

 

Several local police departments were also offshore throughout the day looking for Guan, who was described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and 150 pounds, with black hair with a small goatee-style beard. He was wearing a black sweater, black jeans and a dark gray life jacket with black trim, police said.

 

Neither he nor the kayak had been spotted as of late Sunday night.

 

The Coast Guard said there were waves from 2 to 3 feet high in the Sound with winds from 15 to 20 miles per hour Sunday afternoon. The water temperature was about 54 degrees.

 

That night, winds rose to about 23 mph and the water dropped to 50 degrees.

 

Marine police and firefighters from Milford, Stratford, New Haven, West Haven, East Haven and Branford, as well as the state Department of Environmental Protection, joined in on surface searches, according to the Coast Guard and Milford police.

 

Coast Guard rescue boat crews remained on scene into the night, but helicopter and Falcon jet crews out of Cape Cod, Mass., searching from the air during the day, left at nightfall. The Coast Guard reported that they may be recalled to search more in the morning.

 

Last September, the unsuccessful search for a 22-year-old Middletown man off Milford's coast was suspended after several days. Michael Krupa, who disappeared when his kayak flipped beyond Charles Island, was never found. His companion, John Ferraro, 22, of Milford, was able to swim to safety.

 

Neither man was wearing a life vest, officials said back then.

 

In October, a missing kayaker from Darien was found wet but unharmed after being outside for eight hours.

 

The Coast Guard said Hoby Baker, 60, was soaked but wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a wool vest in weather less than 44 degrees and water about 60 degrees.

 

In November, a Milford man whose kayak flipped in choppy waters was rescued by the fire department's boat after a builder working on Point Lookout saw the kayak capsize and called police.

 

Police are seeking help from citizens who live along the shoreline and may have seen Guan. Anyone with information is asked to contact their local police department or Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at 203-468-4401.

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You read right, Paul. Sad news. I'm not sure why Milford is becoming a hotbed for inexperienced kayakers. Last Sunday was no day to be on the water unless you really knew what you were doing.

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I would guess because of decent access... rental summer homes... I fish there a lot too (from a kayak) because its close to home... I seen little kids without PFD's and people without a dry suit in cold May water but warm days... cwm31.gif

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View PostI would guess because of decent access... rental summer homes... I fish there a lot too (from a kayak) because its close to home... I seen little kids without PFD's and people without a dry suit and cold May water but warm days... cwm31.gif

 

And don't forget the idiots who think it's a good idea to take a swim at Charles Island. I had to call 911 once and came close two other times, but the swimmers finally made it ashore. One time it was a teenage couple. I even warned them about the strong currents as they passed by me on the sandbar. They didn't care and swam anyway. The guy was able to get back without much trouble because he was strong, but his girlfriend was struggling to make it back to the sandbar. That was a close call for sure.

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swim ? cwm31.gif

 

at low tide with the sand bar showing ... the waters seem calm and inviting ... but go around south of Charles... and the waters are different , rocky and wild --- plus when the tide comes in ... you have current and bigger waves....

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View PostAnd don't forget the idiots who think it's a good idea to take a swim at Charles Island. I had to call 911 once and came close two other times, but the swimmers finally made it ashore. One time it was a teenage couple. I even warned them about the strong currents as they passed by me on the sandbar. They didn't care and swam anyway. The guy was able to get back without much trouble because he was strong, but his girlfriend was struggling to make it back to the sandbar. That was a close call for sure.

 

 

Too bad about the guy on the kayak, terrible way to go..

 

Yea, swimming out there ? Thats just stupid..

I remember when you could drive out to Charles Island wink.gif

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A person walking along the beach "discovered what appears to be unidentified human remains," East Hampton Det. Sgt. Chris Anderson told Newsday.

 

Citing the ongoing investigation, police said they could not discuss other details. It was not immediately clear if the body was that of a man or woman or whether the person had been a victim of foul play.

 

Did they ever find the Kayaker from Conn.?

 

Crazy stuff!

 

According to today's Newsday, the body has been identified as the missing kayaker from CT whose kayak was found last week in Southold on the North Fork of LI. You can read about it here: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/s...aker-1.1954922

 

Very sad.

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