Crews suspend search for boater gone missing near Kingston Peninsula

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MacKenney is described as being 5'8
MacKenney is described as being 5'8

Crews have suspended a search for a 70-year-old man who fell off a pontoon boat in the St. John River Thursday evening.

In a Twitter post at 2:19 p.m. AT Friday, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said the call was made following an extensive search for Wayne MacKenney by air and water in the Long Reach, N.B. area.

"Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to his family and friends. The case will now be turned over to the @RCMPNB as a missing persons at sea case."

The Quispamsis man was believed to have been boating with friends on Thursday when he fell overboard, said the New Brunswick RCMP.

His friends tried to get MacKenney back to the boat but were unsuccessful.

The Hampton Fire Department said it received a call for help from the Long Reach department around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Crews from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Coast Guard were also called in.

MacKenney is described as being five feet eight inches tall and 250 pounds, with hazel eyes and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a dark green shirt, jeans and prescription glasses. The news release did not mention if he was wearing a life jacket.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of MacKenney is asked to contact the Grand Bay-Westfield RCMP detachment.

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