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Search Called Off For Missing San Francisco Bay Kayaker

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A kayaker paddles at night (Al Bello/Getty Images)

A kayaker paddles at night (Al Bello/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a man who was lost in the Bay on Sunday afternoon after his kayak overturned near San Francisco’s Pier 80.

Thomas Gregoire, 56, was kayaking with a friend when his kayak flipped over. The incident was reported around 2:40 p.m. by a professional mariner who was mooring a motorboat in the area, according to the Coast Guard.

Gregoire apparently got too close to a tugboat that was repositioning a barge and got caught in the boat’s wash, San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

He was wearing a red shirt and blue vest when he entered the water, authorities said.

The Coast Guard and police searched the Bay for about 18 hours for Gregoire before calling off the search shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Authorities said that because of the time that has lapsed since he went into the water, it is unlikely that Gregoire is still alive.

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