Zygmunt Janiewwicz

After three days, the search for missing kayaker Zygmunt Janiewicz has been suspended.

After three days of scouring the shoreline and waters of Okanagan Lake, the Kelowna RCMP have suspended the search for a missing kayaker.

Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, of Kelowna paddled off in his kayak on Friday afternoon from the shore on the 3000 block of Abbott Street and never returned.

A search started shortly after he was reported overdue at 3:35 p.m. on Friday.

"An abandoned surf ski personal water craft and personal floatation device, similar to the ones being used by Mr. Janiewicz were recovered along the shore near Watt Road," said Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey on Friday evening.

"Searchers have been scouring the shoreline, as RCMP have called for support from the Kelowna Fire Department's rescue vessel and Central Okanagan Search and Rescue, who have since launched their helicopter to search from the skies above."

West Kelowna RCMP also helped with its boat.

In all, the effort included aircraft, boaters and paddle boarders searching the lake surface and crews along the shoreline.

None of the searchers turned any further clues as to Janiewicz's whereabouts.

While the search has been suspended, the RCMP will continue its missing-person investigation.

The police remain in contact with Janiewicz's family.

When he went out kayaking, Janiewicz was wearing black pants, yellow jacket and white hat.

Anyone with any information about Janiewicz's disappearance is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP immediately at 250-762-3300.

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