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Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Kayaker

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Marc Cross, an experienced 53-year-old kayaker, set out from Newport Beach on Wednesday and did not return. On Saturday night, the Coast Guard suspended its search along the SoCal coast, according to LA Now.

The 52-hour search covered 2,446 square miles of water by boat, helicopter and airplane, reaching as far away as Catalina Island, but failed to find any sign of the missing man or his green kayak.

The missing kayaker reportedly told family members he would be gone for few hours. His vehicle was located near a boat ramp on Balboa Peninsula with his wallet still inside. It is unlikely he was wearing a life jacket.

Though suspended, Coast Guard Lt. Sean Arumae said "If the kayak shows up on the beach or if there's an indication of wreckage, we could continue that search...As long as there's any sort of reason to believe that someone might be out there and can be found, then we will continue."

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The missing man's family described him as "a mariner with a great respect for the ocean and an understanding of its power," Arumae said. "Basically he wouldn't go out there and do anything stupid."