Search called off for missing Connecticut kayaker as Hurricane Sandy nears

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Rescuers plucked one kayaker out of the roiling waters of Long Island Sound, but another remained missing and rescue workers were forced to call off the search as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast.

The kayakers, who were not wearing life jackets, took their ill-advised outing Sunday night, and the search and rescue operation diverted Connecticut emergency crews just as they braced for what could be a 100-year storm.

The police and fire departments of the coastal town of Milford called off their search yesterday as the waters got rougher, with the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Coast Guard briefly taking over, according to the Connecticut Post. But the search for the second man had to be called off Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for DEEP told

"We won't be able to continue our search until the storm has passed."

— Dwayne Gardner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The thrill seekers, two men in their 20s, were off Silver Sands Beach, near Charles Island, when they hit trouble at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. One of the men was hanging on to his kayak when he was found and pulled from the water. He was taken to nearby Milford Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia.

"We won't be able to continue our search until the storm has passed," said Dwayne Gardner, spokesman for the department, adding that the kayakers' status is still "missing" at this point. "As soon as we can get out there, we will."