Search Temporarily Called Off for Missing Kayaker

Man disappears while kayaking in lake

Crews have continued to search for a man witnesses say went overboard while kayaking Friday.

The victim, and a friend who was in a separate canoe, were on Silver Lake in Halifax Friday afternoon. 

Officials responded around 1:30 p.m. to the report that the man had gone missing.

Responders searched the lake until Friday night, when the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team said it had been called off until morning. Crews resumed searching Saturday to no avail.

The search will be back on Sunday morning.

"The victim showed some signs of distress," said Halifax Police Chief Ted Broderick. "His buddy came right over, responded to him, but by the time he got there, he was already underwater and couldn't be found."

Broderick said the victim's friend got to shore, where he notified the nearby water treatment plant in Brockton.

Dozens of Plymouth County dive team members assisted Halifax Fire in the search. Six boats were on the water and the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing was also on the scene.

The victim's name has not been released, as the family has not yet been notified by officials. Police did say, however, that the victim's friends had told his loved ones what had happened.

The friend who was on the lake with the victim, who is also not being identified, says that there had been no drinking or drug use, and that the two were not horsing around.

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