- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) - Police have recovered a kayak in their search for a kayaker reported missing in Lake Ronkonkoma (rahn-KAHN’-kuh-muh) on Long Island.

Suffolk County Police say they found the kayak Friday almost 24 hours after the man went missing.

They say they’ll continue searching for him Saturday.

Police say witnesses notified 911 that the kayaker was in the water calling for help around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Witnesses say he disappeared after his life vest came off.

Police closed the lake to swimmers and boaters on Friday.

Parts of the 243-acre Lake Ronkonkoma are 65 feet deep, but most of it is less than 15 feet deep. It’s Long Island’s largest freshwater lake.

Drownings there have fueled an urban legend in which a “Lady of the Lake” spirit claims a victim each year.

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