UPDATE: Owner of empty Kayak that spurred search found safe

MADISON, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE:

Photo courtesy of the Lake County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say the owner of an empty kayak that prompted a search on Lake Madison has been found safe.

Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg says the owner of the kayak is safe at his home in Tea.

Authorities found an empty, overturned kayak Monday evening near Johnson Point on Lake Madison. Deputies began searching the lake and surrounding area over fears whoever was in that kayak drowned.

Wahlburg says a friend of the kayak's owner eventually contacted the Sheriff's Office on Tuesday to let them know the owner was safe.

Investigators say owner, a 24-year-old Tea man, was fishing from the Kayak Sunday afternoon when the wind started picking up. The winds became so strong the kayak began taking on water.

The man was able to overcome strong waves and swam back to shore. When he looked back for his kayak, he wasn't able to see it, and assumed it had sank.

Wahlburg said the man was not wearing a life jacket. He said the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of using life jackets while doing recreational activities at the lake.

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Crews have ended their search for a kayaker on Lake Madison.

Authorities tell KSFY News they do not know whether an unattended kayak was once occupied or misplaced by its owner.

A call came in Monday night about the unattended kayak. Crews began searching the lake near the Johnson's Point area Tuesday morning.

Authorities say fishing gear and an oar were found nearby the north shore.

Authorities have not received any missing person reports. Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg said kayaks are not required to be registered, making it harder to track down the owner.

Crews will not continue to search the lake on Wednesday unless they receive more information about who owns the kayak.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 605-256-7615.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Authorities are searching for the owner of a kayak after it was found unattended on Lake Madison.

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, the kayak was recovered in the Johnson's Point area of the lake.

At this time, authorities do not know whether the kayak was once occupied or if it was misplaced by its owner.

Dispatchers tell KSFY News the sheriff's office has been searching Lake Madison for a kayaker since Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 605-256-7615.