Searchers call it a night with Lake Champlain kayaker still missing

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Police and rescue crews have suspended the search for a 41-year-old kayaker who went missing on Lake Champlain, but plan to continue the operation at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say Eric Plett, of Weehawken, New Jersey, was last seen holding onto his overturned kayak near Shelburne Point Monday evening. Police say rescue crews searched the area just after 7 p.m., but were unable to find him.

The search continued on the water Tuesday when at least four boats departed from Dragonheart Dock ini Burlington. The search began just off Shelburne Point, near Jupiter Island, before moving closer to shore off Shelburne Point. The boat crews were assisted from the air by police aircraft.

Investigators say they have not ruled out the possibility that the kayaker was able to make it to shore, but he has not contacted family, and his whereabouts are unknown.

The Shelburne police and fire departments were joined in the search by personnel from the Vermont State Police, US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection.

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