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Search Suspended, presumed drowned

The Coast Guard suspended the search at 2:19 p.m., for Andrew W. Aldrich, a kayaker who was reported missing early Wednesday morning in North Bay in the vicinity of Case Inlet near Allyn.

The searched covered 16 square miles for more than 12 hours covering 170 miles in efforts to locate Aldrich, 31, who was last seen in a yellow kayak wearing dark green Carhardt gear but not wearing a life jacket.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office raised the alarm at 1:30 a.m., Wednesday. The Coast Guard began searching and continues to search with crews from Station Seattle, Air Station Port Angeles and the Cutter Adelie. Coast Guard crews located an empty yellow kayak with a paddle in North Bay at about 9 a.m.

“The Coast Guard shares sorrow with friends and family of Aldrich after conducting a very thorough search with three assets from three different units,” said Cmdr. Brian Meier, search mission coordinator, Sector Puget Sound.

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