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Web exclusive, October 25, 2013
Missing kayaker found off Stonington coast; USCG calls off search

by Faith DeAmbrose

A kayaker who had been reported overdue at approximately 11 p.m., Thursday, October 24, was found alive and still kayaking in the waters between Sunshine (Stinson Neck) and Sheep Island at 1:15 p.m. Friday, October 25, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., located the kayaker and relayed his position to a Maine Marine Patrol vessel. The vessel arrived on-scene and confirmed the kayaker to be Matt Grabowski, according to information provided by the USCG.

Grabowski indicated to Coast Guard officials that “his cell phone was out of power and that he had not energized his VHF radio to make his scheduled check in.”

Grabowski left Hatch Cove in Stonington, on Tuesday, October 22, for a several-day kayaking and camping trip and was scheduled to return to Stonington on Friday, October 25. When he didn’t call to check in, the missing report was filed.

Up until he was spotted by Coast Guard helicopter Grabowski’s last known position had been Burnt Island, off Isle au Haut, where he made a phone call to check in at 6 p.m., Wednesday night.