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Coast Guard calls off kayaker search

The US Coast Guard called off its search Wednesday night for a Marion man who went missing Tuesday afternoon. Dana Dourdeville, 21, disappeared after leaving his home to go duck hunting on his kayak, Fairhaven police said. His mother went looking for him when he didn’t return by 7 p.m., and found his car parked at the West Island town beach. His 9-foot red kayak was discovered about 3 miles offshore between West Island and Falmouth around 11 p.m. Tuesday by the Coast Guard. Fairhaven police and the Coast Guard conducted the search using a helicopter, a crew from station Woods Hole on a 45-foot response boat, and a crew from station Menemsha on a 47-foot life boat. But by late Wednesday Petty Officer Third Class MyeongHi Clegg said the search was “actively suspended pending further developments” and would resume only if new information came to light. A woman who answered the telephone at the Fairhaven police station Wednesday night said Sergeant Kevin Kobza declared the search “suspended for the night” but could not say whether police efforts would begin again.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.