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Coast Guard ends search off Plymouth after kayak owner found safe at home

The Coast Guard called off the search for a possible person in the water off the coast of Plymouth on Monday morning after the owner of a drifting kayak was found to be at home, safe and sound.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Nicole Groll said the search began after two mariners found an empty kayak drifting in the water about a mile off of Gurnet Point. Around 8 a.m. the owner of the kayak saw a news report about the search and notified the Coast Guard that it was his kayak that had gotten loose and floated away.

The Coast Guard encourages kayakers to put contact information on their kayaks to avoid having to launch a search if the kayak drifts away.

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