Body of Missing Kayaker Recovered Near Ogunquit

Ogunquit - The Maine Marine Patrol today recovered the body of Donald Vardell, Jr., 53 of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, whose overturned kayak was discovered Sunday near Wood Island at the mouth of the Piscataqua River.

Vardell's body was found by a fisherman at approximately 10:30 a.m., three miles east of Ogunquit and approximately 12 miles from his kayak. Marine Patrol was notified and recovered his body which has been taken to a local funeral home.

His capsized boat was discovered Sunday at 2:40 p.m. which prompted a search that concluded with today's recovery.

Also involved in the search were the US Coast Guard, Portsmouth Police Department, the Kittery Harbormaster, Kittery Police Department, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Marine Patrol.

Portsmouth Police Department will conduct the investigation into this incident.

NOTE: A previous release misspelled Mr. Vardell's first name as Dan. The correct name is Donald.