UPDATE: Drowning victim believed to be missing kayaker identified

 

Photo: Reporter Darragh Copley

Photo: Reporter Darragh Copley

Dare County, N.C. –  The search for a kayaker reported screaming for help near Collington Island has been called off after a body was pulled from the water on Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called around 9:40pm Wednesday over reports of a kayaker screaming for help.  Once on scene crews were notified by witnesses that they had lost sight of the kayaker.

A 25-foot Response Boat and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet are searching, along with two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

Also involved in the search were a Dare County helicopter crew, a Colington Volunteer Fire Department boat crew and a North Carolina Marine Patrol boat crew.

The kayak was recovered along with several personal items.

The missing kayaker’s body was found very close to a private dock at Colington Harbor.

He has been identified as Jonathan Rodwell Day of Colington.

Officials say they recovered Day’s body at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. They believe he fell out of his kayak at around 9:30 p.m. on April 9th.

They found his body in the Albermarle Sound just off the Rhodoms Drive area of Colington.

1 Comment

  • watchfuleye

    The deceased was a drug abuser and drunk that lived on the obx gun range back in 2009. The same person that had him living in Collington gave him a job at the range until the membership protested. The guy would be drunk at 9am, so what do you think will happens if he goes kayaking after dark in steady winds? The property owner is usually pizz drunk after 7pm also.

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