Missing kayaker found safe, never knew his mayday was heard

Kayaker found

PETIT MANAN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The kayaker who went missing off the coast of Milbridge was found safe and reportedly never knew anyone was looking for him, according the U.S. Coast Guard.

Officials said the man broadcasted a mayday three times at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday after his boat capsized.

Jim Fortier from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service located the man after recognizing his voice in the mayday call, according to Coast Guard officials. Fortier was then able to get ahold of the man.

Officials said the man was able to swim to Bois Bubert Island where he reportedly rested before kayaking back to his cabin on Petit Manan Point.

The man was reportedly wearing a life jacket and never knew the signal had been heard.

“He seemed very embarrassed very sorry that it did happen and he didn't realize that it had caused that much of a commotion." Jim Fortier said after he spoke with the man. "It's a very harsh and unforgiving environment especially the currents off out there. Especially off Petit Manan bar were very severe. I think he was very lucky."

A Canadian air force aircrew, a Maine Marine Patrol aircrew, and three Maine Marine patrol boat crews all assisted in the search of a more than 275 square mile area.

*CORRECTION - In a previous version of this story, the person who recognized and tracked down the kayaker was erroneously identified as a Game Warden

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