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Search for missing kayaker near Waldport suspended

The search for a kayaker who went missing near Waldport Thursday has been suspended.

A Coast Guard helicopter.

WALDPORT, Ore. – The search for a kayaker who went missing near Waldport Thursday has been suspended.

After a day of searching, the U.S. Coast Guard could not find 69-year-old Michael Carosella.

On Thursday, a kayak was found washed ashore south of the Alsea Bay inlet at around noon. Using the number registered on the kayak, the Coast Guard was able to identify it belongs to Carosella. He was wearing a black dry suit and a blue life jacket.

The Coast Guard was able to contact Carosella’s wife, who said he left at about 7 a.m. Thursday and was expected to return home at around noon.

"It is extremely fortunate the missing kayaker filed a float plan with his wife and had a kayak registration sticker with a current phone number listed," said Chad Perdue, one of the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilots searching for Carosella. "We are working with partner agencies to continue a hopeful search of the area."

Crews from multiple agencies searched a 50-square-mile area between Haceta Head and Waldport. Several boats and a helicopter were being used.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Bend command center at 541-756-9220.