Missing Elderly Kayaker Found Safe

A elderly man who was kayaking in Carteret County has been found safe.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the 71-year-old man intended to kayak to Harkers Island on Thursday. His family called authorities around 9:00 p.m. when he did not return.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City and a 24-foot boat from Fort Macon searched the area, along with deputies from Carteret County.

The Coast Guard says a good Samaritan called deputies around midnight saying that the man approached his home north of Harkers Island and asked for help. The man was taken home by a deputy sheriff after he declined medical treatment.

The Coast Guard says had the man had a way to communicate with his family and first responders, the situation could have been resolved much more quickly.

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