A local mother pressed her cell phone to her ear at Silver Sands Beach Sunday and tried to comfort her son, who was on the other end of the line.
She was trying to gather information for her son about his friend, one of two local 21-year-old men who went kayaking Sunday morning and who was still missing after being flipped out of the kayak.
One of the two was rescued and taken to an area hospital with hypothermia. The other was not found, and a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) agency spokesman said the search had been called off around 5 p.m. because of the approaching hurricane.
Still, a helicopter flew overhead, and a Coast Guard boat scoured the waters beyond Charles Island after the search had officially ended.
Sources say the two young men, who live in Milford, took off in a kayak or kayaks, possibly from Milford Harbor Sunday morning at around 8:30. They say the pair were not properly dressed for kayaking, wearing shorts and T-shirts and no life jackets.
A woman walking at Silver Sands State park at about 9:30 reportedly saw the kayak flip and called for help.
Although officials have not released the names of the two young men, their friends and family know who they are and have been sharing information through social media sites. The Milford Mirror will not release their names until there has been official confirmation.
There are many tears as friends wait for news about the two men — the location of the missing man, and the health condition of the young man who was pulled from the Sound.