Search resumes for missing kayaker on Tybee

Search ensues for overdue kayaker near Tybee
(Source: WTOC)
(Source: WTOC)

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - The search for a missing kayaker on Tybee Island has resumed Tuesday morning.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Marine Patrol searched for most of the day Monday after his wife called to report him 12 hours overdue.

They say the 38-year-old kayaker, last seen wearing green cargo shorts, a blue t-shirt and a blue life jacket, left Lazaretto Creek near Tybee Island in a 12-foot blue kayak with a light bottom at 8 p.m. on Sunday night, and is yet to return. His car remains in the boat ramp parking lot.

"Apparently he was in a blue kayak, and we're just looking for anything blue - blue kayak or if we see a person in the marsh - whatever catches our eye, really. High tide is a little bit better to search for the individual, because the water is up and you can see a little bit better in the marsh," said Georgia DNR Sgt. Cindy Miller.

Crews with the Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources are assisting with the search. Metro police were seen out on the water Tuesday morning and a helicopter appeared to be searching close to the Bull River bridge.

"The biggest thing for us are the tides when he puts in, is the tide going in, is the tide going out. It gives you a good direction to start to hunt for the person. Most importantly, you search everywhere. Into little creeks, you have to look everywhere and cover every square inch that you can," said Tybee Island Fire Department Chief Ashley Fields.

Crews resumed their search around 7 a.m.

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