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 two friends: one was pulled from the Sound after a kayaking accident Sunday morning, and the other was still missing.
Officials have identified the man who was rescued as James Root, 21, of Milford. He was taken to an area hospital with hypothermia, officials said. The other, Jet Krumweide, also 21, was not found, and a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) agency spokesman said the search had been called off around 6:30 p.m. Sunday because of the approaching hurricane.
Sources say the two young men, who live in Milford, took off in two kayaks near Milford Harbor, Sunday morning at around 8:30 a.m. They said the two men did not have life jackets.
A woman walking at Silver Sands State Park at about 9:30 a.m. reportedly saw the men in distress and called for help.
The U.S. Coast Guard reported that Root told rescuers that he saw his friend go under water just south of Charles Island.
A Coast Guard spokesman said the agency suspends a search and rescue case with “extremely great care and deliberation.”