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Missing Kasilof Man’s Kayak Found Capsized in Cook Inlet

A capsized kayak, fitting the description of the kayak used by a Kasilof man, who was the subject of an extensive search after being reported missing was recovered by the trooper patrol vessel Augustine on Wednesday afternoon about one mile off-shore in Cook Inlet.

Found near the capsized kayak, was a life jacket. It was located approximately 300  yards from the kayak by Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

It was just under six hours into the search, at 4:20 pm, that the Kayak was retrieved from the Inlet. Family members of 38-year-old Kasilof man Leif Osmar reported Osmar missing at 10:50 am. The family members found his truck parked near his family’s fish camp near South Coho on Tuesday at approximately 4:30 pm.  

The family told troopers that the 13 foot two-tone blue and white kayak was also not accounted for.

It is believed that Osmar had gone out kayaking sometime between 8 am and 4 pm on Tuesday. After Osmar was reported missing, a trooper helicopter was launched to search the Kasilof River as well as the waters adjacent in Cook Inlet.

The United States Coast Guard is continuing the search for the missing man.

  • Allen Dodd

    I watched this as it happened. I believe the N.G. helicopter was much more involved than you report. I thought I saw the Guard doing a pattern search and locate, lower a rescue person, and did a lot of maneuvering before reeling in. They then searched that area intensely before continuing pattern searches criss-crossing the inlet mostly from Kenai to Nikiski, from Kaligin to this shore. The search continued after dark, probably hoping for a reflection, the helicopter flying so low it disappeared under the bluffs. Search lights rocked into the night, and Thursday morning I scoped the Coast Guard (cutter?) with it’s light towers, which is probably what I saw searching in the dark. I was very impressed with the dedication of the searchers, especially the N.G. and Trooper helicopters. The cutter searching with it’s lights and radars and sonars, and floatplanes and people searching the beaches, really searched hard and well for Mr. Osmar. Well worth my tax money any day.