Police looking for missing Canadian kitesurfer on Lake Champlain

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SWANTON — State police are coordinating search efforts for a missing Canadian man who was last seen kitesurfing Wednesday afternoon on Lake Champlain.

Quebec Provincial Police requested assistance from the Vermont State Police, which has devoted numerous resources to the search in coordination with local, federal, and provincial authorities.

Police identified the missing kitesurfer as Pierre Dunnigan, of Bromont, Quebec.

He was last seen at about 4.00 p.m. Wednesday kitesurfing in Missisquoi Bay, which straddles the U.S. – Canadian border.

Provincial police spoke to a witness on Thursday who reported seeing Dunnigan near the mouth of the Missisquoi River, on the Vermont side of the border.

Dunnigan is reported to have not been wearing a wet suit or a life jacket.

Lake conditions are mostly open water with spotty areas of the ice.

Searches in Canada included a helicopter and divers.

State police joined the search with troopers checking the shoreline in the area where Dunningan was last reported seen, along with deployment of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) Program.

The Vermont National Guard supplied a helicopter, the North Hero Volunteer Fire Department responded with an airboat, and the Swanton Village Fire Department searched using a flat-bottom boat.

Police say search efforts were unsuccessful yesterday and suspended for the night.

The search resumed this morning, with authorities on both sides of the border operating on the shore and on the water.

Rescue teams say current weather conditions are unfavorable for searching by air.