- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

WALDPORT, Ore. (AP) - Authorities are searching a 50-square-mile area between Haceta Head and Waldport on the Oregon Coast for a missing kayaker.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release that officials received a report around noon Thursday of a kayak washed ashore on the Alsea Bay Inlet.

Officials say they linked the registration number on the kayak to experienced kayaker Michael Carosella.

Carosella’s wife told authorities her 69-year-old husband left at 7 a.m. and was expected to return home at noon.

Multiple agencies are searching for the man.

Authorities encourage mariners and beachgoers to keep an eye out for a wooden kayak paddle and anything that can assist response efforts. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sector North Bend command center at 541-756-9220.

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