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Rescuers Search For Missing Kayaker at Great Falls

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Rescue crews look for a missing kayaker on the Maryland side of Great Falls. (Photo from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

Rescue crews look for a missing kayaker on the Maryland side of Great Falls. (Photo from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue)

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UPDATED: June 14, 2014 12:16 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Officials are still trying to account for a kayaker who went missing near Great Falls.

Piringer says just before 2 p.m. Friday, witnesses in the area of the Observation Deck at Great Falls near the Virginia shore reported seeing a white male in a red kayak with a white paddle. It appeared that he may have needed assistance.

A kayak and paddles were retrieved from the river about an hour later. But the boater was not found. Piringer says no one saw the kayaker go into the water.

Officials say he was wearing a red or dark colored helmet and a tan flotation vest. Some time later, a kayaker downriver located a red kayak and white paddle. The kayak was floating upside down near the Anglers Inn boat ramp.

The kayak is a red Kendo Kayak. The paddle is aluminum and white with the letters PRP/IWL stenciled on one end.

Piringer says officials searched Saturday for the boater from about 8:30 a.m. to noon before suspending their search. It will resume Sunday.

Police are attempting to determine if the kayaker is missing, or lost the kayak on the river.

After heavy rains in recent days, Piringer says the Potomac River waters are high, and the current is very strong.






Anyone who may have been in the area of the Observation Deck on Friday between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and saw a kayaker in the water is asked to contact police. If anyone recognizes this kayak or knows the whereabouts of the owner, they are asked to contact the Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000

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