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Press Release | Oct. 24, 2023

Coast Guard continues search for missing kayaker in Keyport Harbor

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and local partner agencies continue to search for a missing kayaker in Keyport Harbor, NJ, Tuesday.

Missing is Zhenjiang Ding, 74-year-old male, last seen on his multi-colored kayak in the vicinity of Keansburg Marina.

The Coast Guard and partner agencies have searched approximately 89 square nautical miles for over 27 search hours.

Coast Guard Sector New York command center watch standers received a report Monday at 6:30 p.m. from Keyport police that they had found Ding’s kayak near Cedar Street Park, along with personal belongings, and no sight of him in the area.

Searching are crews from:

● Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook

● Coast Guard Cutter Beluga

● Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City

● Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

● Monmouth County Sherriff’s Office

● New York Fire Department

● Keyport Police and Fire Department

● New Jersey State Police

Anyone with any information about Ding is asked to call the Coast Guard at (718) 354-4353.

For media inquiries please direct to the United States Coast Guard First District Public Affairs Detachment New York via email at PADETNY@USCG.MIL.