Shortly before midnight Saturday authorities were searching the water and shore for missing kayaker Maryan Lisovich, 23, of Lynn.
The search was to continue through the night and into Sunday, said Lt. Garrett Meyer, the command duty officer at Sector Boston Command Center.
The man's girlfriend reported him missing in a 911 call about 5:30 pm Saturday.
About 7 pm his blue kayak was found at the waterline at with the paddle in it. It was unclear if the kayak had washed to the shoreline or been dragged there, the Coast Guard spokesman said.
The Lynn man shoved off from in his kayak about 4 p.m. to go fishing.
“He was reported to be in a blue kayak; no shirt, no lifejacket and red swim trunks,” said Lt. Meyer.
The two vessels involved in the search are a 47-foot Coast Guard motor life boat and a Massachusetts Environmental Police boat.
The Marblehead harbormaster was also helping with the search, said the Coast Guard spokesman.
Swampscott police and firefighters were walking the shoreline near Fisherman's Beach.
Saturday night an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter with a search light from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod was flying back and forth along the Swampscott shore.
Also Saturday night, Swampscott police had set up a command center at a Puritan Road home across from Robin Lane. Yellow caution tape stretched along the length of the property by the road.
State police were also on the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Sector Boston Command Center at (617) 223-3201.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story had the kayaker's name spelled incorrectly.
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