SACO, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard, Maine Marine Patrol and multiple local police and fire departments continued to search Wednesday morning for two kayakers reported missing near the mouth of the Saco River.

The kayakers were last seen in the river near the University of New England campus.

Another kayaker, who was in the same area of the river but not with the pair who are missing, reported that the kayaks began “getting sucked out toward the ocean” Tuesday night, Command Duty Officer Kenneth Stuart of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland said at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The witness swam to a nearby beach, but did not know the names of the other two kayakers, who were reported missing at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Officials have not yet confirmed the identity of the two missing people, and Stuart said rescue workers do not know if they are affiliated with the university.

An MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod joined the search at about 2 a.m., along with a 25-foot response boat from South Portland, a Maine Marine Patrol boat and the Saco Fire Department boat, according to a release early Wednesday morning.

Later Wednesday morning, two fixed-wing planes, one from Cape Cod and the other from the Maine Marine Patrol, continued to search the shoreline and islands in the area of Saco Bay, Stuart said.

Two Coast Guard boats, a 29-foot response boat from South Portland and a smaller boat from Camp Ellis, as well as Biddeford police and Saco police and fire, were also assisting in the search.

“So far, nothing has turned up,” Stuart said.

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