Body of missing kayaker identified

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:27 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 5:26 AM

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UPDATE 5 p.m.:  The Dare County Sheriff has confirmed the body found this morning is that of the missing kayaker.  He's been identified as Jonathan Rodwell Day of Harbor View Drive in Colington, officials said.  The body was located in the Albermarle Sound near the Rhodoms Drive area. 

A resident at the home told 13News Now that Day was visiting from Maine and a neighbor offered a kayak to go fishing. 
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UPDATE:  A man's body was found around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, during the search for a missing kayaker in Kill Devil Hills, according to the Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey.  The body was fully clothed and found near a private dock in Colington Harbor - about 30 feet from where a kayaker went missing. 

Many homes in the Colington Harbor neighborhood are surrounded by water and have their own private dock. Neighbor Bruce Meador says, "Everyone who had a window open last night could have heard the cries, the moans."

Rainey believes the missing kayaker was in the area fishing and was not wearing a life vest.

Colington is a town of about 4,000 people and Rainey said he didn't recognize the man pulled from the water.

Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie tells 13News Now that they are in the process of notifying kayaker's next of kin.
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ATLANTIC, NC -- The search resumed Thursday for a kayaker missing in the water in Colington Island.  

Petty Officer Jordan Campbell with the U.S. Coast Guard says crews from Station Oregon Inlet and the Colington Fire Department responded after a woman reported hearing a man yelling for help around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Campbell says the woman told searchers she threw a life ring into the water and someone jumped in to find him, but lost sight of him.

Searchers arrived and found the 19-foot yellow kayak and some fishing gear, but they did not find the man.

Crews were back at Rhodoms Point, where Roanoke Sound meets the Albermarle Sound, once the sun rose. 

Thursday morning, Jayhawk helicopters and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water from Station Oregon Inlet were searching the area, along with Dare County helicopter crew, a Colington Volunteer Fire Department boat crew and a North Carolina Marine Patrol boat crew.

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