Search called off for missing kayaker

Members of the Warwick Police and Fire Departments, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, announced Saturday that the search for a missing kayaker has been called off. (Shiina LoSciuto/WPRI)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Coast Guard has called off its search for a man who went missing Friday while kayaking off Conimicut Point.

Family members alerted authorities around 4:30 p.m. Friday that 46-year-old Michael Perry had not returned from a trip that had been expected to take about an hour.

Saturday afternoon, officials said that the search was suspended because they did not believe it likely that Perry had survived the weather conditions and temperatures. The water temperature was about 32 degrees and Coast Guard officials said winds Friday night gusted as high as 40 knots.

Several local departments joined the search, and as the weather cleared Saturday morning, more assets were dedicated to the search, including a helicopter.

Searchers found several items, including a glove and a kayak paddle, but none of the items found belonged to Perry.