Multi-agency search for Potomac kayaker called off after he's located 'alive and well' at home

Kayaker was 'oblivious' of search, officials say

June 15, 2014|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A multi-agency, multi-day search for a Potomac River kayaker was called off on Sunday after it was determined he had simply ditched his kayak and gone home — "oblivious" to the fact that authorities became alarmed after finding his kayak floating upside down.

The Montgomery County Police Department first requested the public's help on Friday in identifying the owner of the abandoned kayak, which was near the Anglers Inn boat ramp south of Great Falls.

Earlier in the day, witnesses at the Great Falls observation deck had reported seeing a man in the kayak, and told police that it had "appeared that he may have needed assistance."

Multiple agencies stepped in to assist in the search, including the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

On Sunday, officials determined that the kayak belonged to a Reston, Va., man who was "located alive and well," said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service, via Twitter.

Piringer said the man, who was not identified, told police he "bailed out of" his kayak at some point along the river, swam to shore and went home, "oblivious" to the fact that his actions had caused alarm.

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