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Coast Guard calls off search for missing kayaker

December 30, 2011 |  9:13 pm

Coast Guard officials called off a search for a Pacific Palisades man whose overturned kayak was found off the Malibu coast on Thursday shortly after he called 911 for medical aid.

Louis Piatt, 66, had rented a kayak at the Malibu pier and was in the water when he phoned about 3 p.m. Thursday, gasping and complaining of chest pains, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Mary Leaf said. A half-hour later, a county lifeguard boat found the empty kayak two miles off Point Dume, with a life jacket and paddle attached. 

A rescue boat patrolled until dark, and the 87-foot cutter Halibut searched overnight, but they were unable to find a trace of Piatt, Coast Guard spokesman Seth Johnson said. The Sheriff's Department's emergency services also sent up a helicopter.

The search was suspended about 4 p.m. Friday but could be revived if further information surfaces, he added.

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