Authorities search for missing kayaker in Cy-Fair pond

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by Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 10:08 AM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – The Harris County Sheriff's Dive team is searching the murky waters of a lake for a kayaker who disappeared late Saturday afternoon in the Cy-Fair area off Wheat Cross Drive near West Road.

A resident found his kayak floating upside and his truck parked nearby. His cell phone and personal belongings were still in the vehicle.

Family members said the 32-year-old Ryan Smith is an avid fisherman and kayaker, who comes to this lake often.

Two rescue boats and a DPS helicopter spent most of the afternoon searching, but left once it became dark. A dive crew searched the water hoping to find any sign of the man.

Authorities said the lake, which is circled by Canyon Lake Trail, is more than 100 acres and more than 80 feet deep in some spots.

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