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Search underway for missing kayaker in Falls Lake

Posted January 30, 2011 8:42 p.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2011 7:10 a.m. EST

— Search and rescue crews were in the Barton Creek area Sunday night and early Monday looking for a man who went missing in a kayak in Falls Lake.

George Gregory Feeter, 39, is an avid kayaker who went out on the water Sunday afternoon, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Witnesses said they heard someone yelling for help around 7 p.m. Feeter's wife got worried after he didn't come home, Harrison said.

Crews were using helicopters, boats and sonar in the search. They found Feeter's kayak about a half mile from where the search originated, in Falls Lake just off Six Forks Road.

He was last seen wearing a yellow YMCA T-shirt. The sheriff released his name and description in case anyone in the area has seen him.

"The water is cold. We're looking on the water still, but just in case he got to shore, got lost, got turned around," Harrison said.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens said many emergency crews were assisting in the search. Reverse 911 calls were placed to people who live within 3/4 mile of the lake, asking them to be on the lookout. No other information was released.