By Tim Kowols
The United States Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 20 year old man that went missing near Horsehoe Island, located near the shores of Peninsula State Park, on Saturday. According to a release from the United States Coast Guard, family members of the missing man contacted the Door County Sheriff’s Department at around 9 p.m. five hours after the man indicated he would return. The Door County Sheriff’s Department notified the Coast Guard of the missing kayaker after the DNR found his kayak and vehicle at a nearby boat ramp at 10 p.m. The United States Coast Guard searched through the night with no luck, but members of the DNR, Door County Sheriff’s Department, Ephraim Fire Department, and a dive team remain on scene.
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a kayaker who went missing Saturday in Green Bay near Horseshoe Island off of Peninsula State Park, pending further information or developments, Sunday.
Family members of the 20-year-old man contacted the Door County Sheriffs Department shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, indicating he was expected to return by 4 p.m. The man was believed to have been kayaking from Nicolet Bay to Horseshoe Island.
Door County Sheriffs Department notified the Coast Guard shortly after 10 p.m. after a crew from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources notified them that they had found a kayak on Horseshoe Island. The man’s vehicle was located at a nearby boat ramp with his cell phone and a life jacket inside.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan command center launched a rescue crew from Station Washington Island and an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Traverse City at about 10:15 p.m.
The Coast Guard searched through the night.
Local agencies remain on scene, including Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Door County Sheriffs, Ephraim Fire Department, and a dive team from the local agencies.