Police believe a kayaker presumed to have drowned in Lake Washington on Saturday is a 46-year-old Bellevue man whose family reported him missing the same day.
Family members reported Christopher Rominski missing after he failed to return home from kayaking at Bellevue's Enatai Beach Park. Bellevue Police contacted the family after Rominski's vehicle was located in the parking lot near the beach.
Earlier on Saturday, a woman called 9-1-1 to report seeing a kayak roll and the kayaker struggling in the water. The Bellevue Fire Department and Mercer Island Marine Patrol responded within minutes of the call.
Marine Patrol units found a kayak in the area (later identified by Rominski's family as belonging him), but were unable to locate him. Seattle Police Harbor Patrol joined the search, using special sonar equipment. Rough water and extremely stormy conditions hampered the search. The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist with the search, which continued through the weekend.
Mercer Island Police Commander Leslie Burns stated, "This is a recovery situation now. Survivability is low for anyone in the water due to the frigid water temperature, weather conditions and length of time in the water."
Search efforts continued on Monday as weather permitted.
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