Coast Guard looking for missing kayaker near Isle au Haut

Posted Oct. 25, 2013, at 11:21 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 25, 2013, at 1:08 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard has searchers out looking for a kayaker reported missing Thursday near Isle au Haut.

Matt Grabowski, 30, was on a several-day kayaking and camping trip when he missed a scheduled check in Thursday night. He was reported missing at 11 p.m., and members of the Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol are searching with boats and an airplane, according to U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Scott McCann.

Grabowski left Stonington on Tuesday in a 14-foot yellow kayak with plans to circumnavigate Isle au Haut and return Friday. He last checked in by cellphone at 6 p.m. Wednesday from Burnt Island and was supposed to camp out at Duck Harbor, in Isle au Haut, on Thursday night.

The Coast Guard and Maine Marine Patrol have been searching for 12 hours in all the places Grabowski said he would be, as well as the surrounding area.

McCann said there were gale force winds last night, which makes the search area much larger for rescuers.

He added that the kayaker did the right thing by making a plan to check in with someone everyday, known as a float plan. “If he hadn’t filed the float plan and just told his buddies he was going out, we might not be looking for him,” McCann said.

McCann said he believes Grabowski is from Fitchburg, Mass., though he has not been able to confirm that fact.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 767-0303 or on VHF channel 16.

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