Search continues for missing kayaker in Victoria

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July 30, 2017 14:06:46

There are concerns for the safety of kayaker Junichi Yoshimura who has been missing for three days.

Strong wind gusts hampered Saturday’s search for the 41-year-old man in waters between Altona and Williamstown, in Melbourne’s south west.

The alarm was raised when the Torquay man failed to show up at work on Friday and police later found his car at the Altona boat ramp.

Police believe he launched his yellow 2 Monks kayak at the Altona boat ramps at 5:00am on Thursday.

Sergeant Matt Henderson said Mr Yoshimura, a Japanese national, was known to fish off his kayak.

“We don’t know what his abilities are, we do not know how well he was equipped to be out there, we’re not even sure if he was wearing or owned a lifejacket,” he said on Saturday.

“All we can say is it’s a past-time of his to go fishing off his kayak.”

A massive search involving police and the SES was launched on Saturday, focusing on the shoreline between Point Cook and Williamstown.

Senior Sergeant Alistair Nisbet said Sunday’s search was concentrating on the southern end of Port Philip Bay and Corio Bay.

“Water Police, using boats and jet skis, along with the Coast Guard, Southern Peninsula Rescue, Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Police Air Wing, recommenced the search at first light today,” he said.

“We are urging anyone who sees a kayak of any description or colour to contact us immediately.”

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