UPDATE: Drowning victim believed to be missing kayaker identified

Posted at 5:56 AM, Apr 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-10 17:19:49-04
Photo: Reporter Darragh Copley

Photo: Reporter Darragh Copley

Dare County, N.C. –  The search for a kayaker reported screaming for help near Collington Island has been called off after a body was pulled from the water on Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called around 9:40pm Wednesday over reports of a kayaker screaming for help.  Once on scene crews were notified by witnesses that they had lost sight of the kayaker.

A 25-foot Response Boat and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet are searching, along with two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

Also involved in the search were a Dare County helicopter crew, a Colington Volunteer Fire Department boat crew and a North Carolina Marine Patrol boat crew.

The kayak was recovered along with several personal items.

The missing kayaker’s body was found very close to a private dock at Colington Harbor.

He has been identified as Jonathan Rodwell Day of Colington.

Officials say they recovered Day’s body at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday. They believe he fell out of his kayak at around 9:30 p.m. on April 9th.

They found his body in the Albermarle Sound just off the Rhodoms Drive area of Colington.