Press conference to be held on search for missing kayaker

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — City and fire officials plan to update the public on the search for a missing kayaker off the coast of Warwick.

A press conference is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. today as the search continues for 46-year-old Michael Perry, who was reported missing Friday.

The search is focused on Conimicut Point, where his car was found, according to Warwick police.

Police said they were contacted around 4:30 p.m. by the man’s wife, who said her husband normally goes out on the water for about an hour but never returned home.

Police said he was using a 10-foot orange kayak and it is unknown if Perry was wearing a life jacket.

Warwick Fire, Cranston Fire, Providence Fire and the Coast Guard are assisting in the search. Crews said the heavy rain and strong winds are making the search difficult. A spokesperson from the Coast Guard said the water temperature is 32 degrees.

“This is January, it’s stormy out. The weather… it’s not very conducive for recreational purposes at this time,” Warwick City Council President Joe Solomon said.

Warwick Fire Chief James McLaughlin said Perry’s last communication with his family was around 11:50 a.m. Friday morning.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot rescue boat crew from Station Hill Castle and a 49-foot boat crew from Aids to Navigation Team Bristol launched shortly after the learning of Perry’s disappearance.

“There’s a lot of time that’s elapsed. Again, the last contact was at 11:50 am this morning,” McLaughlin said. “I’m not going to make any judgments as far as that’s concerned. We’re just giving our best efforts and that’s all we can say at this point.”