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Search suspended for missing Warwick kayaker

The search for a missing kayaker on Conimicut Point in Warwick was suspended Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (WJAR)

The search for a missing kayaker on Conimicut Point was suspended Saturday.

Members of The Coast Guard held a press conference announcing the suspension and also confirmed investigators found a kayak paddle and a glove.

Officials have not confirmed if both belong to the missing man identified, who was previously identified as 46-year-old Michael Perry.

The Coast Guard told NBC 10 News that they responded to a call about a missing kayaker just before 5 p.m. Friday.

"We had one of our units launch right on the Cranston/Warwick line and we had a crew as well search in the bay," said Warwick Fire Department Chief James McLaughlin. "Conditions are very treacherous and shortly thereafter that launch we asked those vehicles to go back due to the weather conditions."

Authorities said Perry launched from Conimicut Point in Warwick on a 10-foot orange kayak around 12 p.m. that afternoon.

When he did not return as planned, his wife notified 911 and gave them his intended route and schedule.

It is unknown if Perry, who was expected to be out on the water for an hour, was wearing a life jacket.

Search and rescue crews battled strong winds, heavy rain, dense fog and low visibility on the water. As of 8 p.m., the Coast Guard said the water temperature was 31 degrees, with air temperatures at 51 and waves of up to seven feet.

"Obviously, these are not conditions that are favorable for those activities for sure," said McLaughlin.

A Coast Guard 45-foot rescue boat crew from Station Castle Hill, and a 49-foot boat crew from Aids to Navigation Team Bristol launched shortly after notification. The Providence Police Department also participated in the search.


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