UPDATE, 5:50 a.m. | An overdue kayaker found unresponsive by the Coast Guard off Bainbridge Island has been declared dead at a Seattle hospital.
A Coast Guard spokeswoman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer, says a helicopter found the 52-year-old Kitsap County man in the water about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. His kayak was nearby.
She says Mark Gianneschi of Brownsville was unresponsive as he was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A nursing supervisor says Monday that he died.
He had been reported overdue Sunday evening by his wife. She says he left the Brownsville marina about 2 p.m. Sunday and had planned to be home before dark.
It’s unknown what went wrong. The Coast Guard says weather conditions were calm. The air temperature was 40 degrees and the water temperature 50 degrees.
ORIGINAL POST, Sunday, 10:57 p.m. | Coast Guard crews were searching Sunday night for an overdue kayaker last seen near Bainbridge Island.
The kayaker was identified by the Coast Guard as Mark Gianneschi, 52, of Brownsville.
Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a call around 8:30 p.m. Sunday from Kitsap County 911 operators reporting that Gianneschi was overdue.
Gianneschi’s wife reported to 911 that he had left a Brownsville marina around 2 p.m. Sunday in a kayak and had planned to return home before dark, the Coast Guard said. She also stated that he had a lifejacket with him, but no hand held radio or cell phone.
Anyone with information about Gianneschi’s whereabouts is asked to contact Sector Puget Sound at 206-217-6001.