Search Suspended For Missing Kayaker

The official search has been suspended for a missing kayaker on the Kenai Peninsula, pending new information.

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38-year old Leif Osmar was reported missing near the Kasilof River by his family Wednesday. He is the son of Dean Osmar, winner of the 1984 Iditarod.

According to the Coast Guard, here was an extensive search and rescue effort on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Coast Guard sent Jayhawk helicopter crews from Kodiak and Cordova, an HC-130 Hercules crew, and the Homer-based Cutter Roanoke Island. The Alaska Air National Guard sent an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crew along with pararescuemen. The Troopers provided helicopter, boat, and ground assistance.

Osmar’s kayak was found capsized in Cook Inlet, near Clam Gulch, on Wednesday. According to Troopers, no signs of Osmar have been found in any probable areas since then.