Search for Missing Kayaker Suspended

By Zach Christman
|  Monday, Oct 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:22 AM CDT
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    The search for a missing kayaker was suspended Sunday night after he disappeared in high waves on Lake Michigan Saturday afternoon.

    The Coast Guard launched a rescue mission around 3 p.m., when reports came in that three kayakers had capsized in high waves inside the breakwater, near New Buffalo, Mich.

    Rescue crews were able to pull two kayakers from the water, but rough waters kept them from reaching 18-year-old Mitchell Fajman. As they tried to throw lines and floatation devices to Famjan, heavy waves threw him from his kayak, the Coast Guard reported.

    As rescuers watched, he apparently slipped out of his life jacket and disappeared beneath the waves.

    The Coast Guard reported that all three kayakers were wearing life jackets, wetsuits and helmets.

    Fajman is from southwest suburban Minooka, Ill.

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