Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Kayaker on Lake Michigan

The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for a missing kayaker in Lake Michigan.

The effort was restarted Tuesday at 6:11 a.m., according to the U.S. Coast Guard, after a 20-year-old man went underwater along the Chicago area's North Shore Monday night. Later that afternoon it was called off.

“Crews from Highland Park and Lake Forest Fire and Police Departments will continue efforts on the water and on the shore,” the Coast Guard said in a statement. “The Coast Guard will be available to provide additional support if requested.”

Officials said the man, whose identity was not available, went kayaking with a friend Monday evening, launching from north suburban Highland Park.

The duo went out while a small craft advisory was in effect, authorities said, with extreme wind and waves. While the men approached Lake Forest, both of their kayaks sank in the rough conditions.

Neither man was wearing a life vest, officials said, and just one of them was able to make it to shore and call 911.

The search for the missing kayaker began shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday night, officials said, but was halted temporarily about two hours later after darkness hampered the effort.

The U.S. Coast Guard was conducting the mission along with fire rescue crews from Lake Forest and Highland Park.

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