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Coast Guard, Sitka Mountain Rescue search for overdue kayaker near Sitka

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoists approximately 1,300 feet of oil containment boom using cargo nets in Juneau, Alaska, June 26, 2018.
Archive image: An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoists approximately 1,300 feet of oil containment boom using cargo nets in Juneau, Alaska, June 26, 2018. The hoist was part of an effort to test and deploy oil containment boom across Echo Cove and Cowee Creek, Alaska, as part of a Geographic Response Strategy listed in the Southeast Alaska Area Contingency Plan.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

SITKA, Alaska — A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Crew and Sitka Mountain Rescue staff are un search for an overdue kayaker near Cannon Island, Sitka, Sunday.

Missing is 36-year-old Kale Pastel.

Pastel was last seen wearing blue pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. He is described as 6 foot 4 inches, 200 lbs. with brown hair and green eyes.

Pastel was reported missing, Sunday, after failing to return from an early morning kayaking trip to Birdsnest Bay.

At 1:15 p.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka spotted the kayak on Cannon Island. Earlier in the morning, a good Samaritan located the kayak overturned and adrift in Eastern Channel before towing it to Cannon Island.

Anyone with information regarding Pastel’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sector Juneau at 907-463-2980.

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