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Search underway for missing kayaker on Richland County lake

Authorities have found the kayak and paddle but not the 20-year-old man who went out onto Lake Carolina on Christmas morning.

RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — Divers and boat patrols with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are on their second day searching for a missing kayaker reported missing on Christmas morning.

According to a spokesperson for the agency, crews are looking for a 20-year-old man who went for a paddle on Lake Carolina in the early morning hours of Saturday. Authorities said he left his parents' home on the lake but never returned.

The search group did recover a kayak and paddle on Saturday but, as of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, it has not yet found the missing person. DNR has not yet released additional information about the missing kayaker, except to say that he is a college student who is home on break.

Searches on the water typically continue until sundown but, weather permitting, begin again the next day.

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