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Body of Missing Kayaker Sebastian Duncan Found Near Openlands Lake Michigan Shoreline, Fort Sheridan

Tue September 11 2018 12:57 pm
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The body of a Glenview man, who had been missing since his kayak capsized on Lake Michigan Monday August 27, 2018, was found Saturday morning September 8, 2018 north of Highland Park where he and another male kayaker launched about 9:00 p.m. on August 27th — 12 days prior to the date he was found.

A passer-by on Saturday morning discovered the body of Sebastian Duncan, 20, along Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Lake Michigan Shoreline near Fort Sheridan, according to police

Highland Park police and firefighters removed the body from the water and the Lake County coroner’s office performed a forensic exam Sunday, September 9, 2018. The exam positively identified the body as Sebastian Duncan, officials said.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Duncan went underwater when he and another kayaker hit rough waters after launching from Highland Park about 9:00 p.m. August 27. The other man was able to swim to shore and seek help in a neighborhood in Lake Forest near the lakeshore after both kayaks took on water and overturned.

Firefighters and U.S. Coast Guard members search through the night, and resumed a news search Tuesday morning August 28, 2018.

Overnight Monday/Tuesday U.S. Coast Guard crews were expected to resume their search Tuesday morning August 28, 2018 for Sebastian Duncan, who was missing after his kayak capsized overnight in Lake Michigan near north suburban Lake Forest. CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports.

Lake Forest and Highland Park firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:42 PM Monday August 27, 2018 to a report of two people overboard from a capsized kayak in Lake Michigan near the block of 300 South Bluffs Edge Drive Lake Forest, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a man ran up and knocked on the door of a home in the 300 block of South Bluffs Edge Drive in Lake Forest to get help and notify rescuers.

The man said he was swimming about an hour after his kayak capsized. He said his friend was still in the water. The US Coast Guard responded with a boat and a helicopter. The US Coast Guard helicopter responded from Muskegon, Michigan. The US Coast Guard Boat was dispatched about 11:13 PM.

According to a US Coast Guard release, both men began to swim back to shore, but Duncan slipped under water and did not resurface,

The US Coast Guard searched the waters off of the North Shore with a boat and helicopter until about 2 a.m. Monday. They resumed searching again later Tuesday morning. Marine units from Lake Forest and Highland Park also were involved in the search, according to the US Coast Guard. Tuesday, in daylight, the Coast Guard searched an area of more than 130 square miles from as far north as Waukegan Harbor and as far south as Wilmette Harbor, according to a Coast Guard news release.

Foot searches were also conducted along the beachfront and nearby properties.

The kayakers had launched from Park Avenue Beach in Highland Park. Witnesses at the boat launch said experienced boaters advised the two men against using small kayaks to head out into Lake Michigan open waters — especially without Life Jackets.

Officials said neither man was wearing a life jacket.

Regarding the Lake Michigan shoreline, more severe conditions of winds and waves are often not visible from shore.

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