Search for Lake Whatcom kayaker fruitless after 4 days

A kayaker on Lake Whatcom was still missing Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Corey Micheal DeFamio, 24, of Mount Vernon, was last seen kayaking in a faded yellow boat around 6 a.m. Sunday. He never returned.

A search and rescue team led by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has been looking for him ever since, with help from a Skagit County dive team and an underwater recovery expert, Craig Thorngren.

Before he went missing DeFamio had been partying with friends late into the night. They’d talked about going out on the water, but others decided it was too cold. DeFamio went on the water alone before dawn.

On Monday morning the kayak — a shared boat used by people in the neighborhood — was found full of water under a dock in the 2100 block of North Shore Road, said Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

As of Wednesday the search continued, but it had been scaled back somewhat. No new clues have emerged to suggest what happened to DeFamio. He may have paddled into deeper waters, Parks said, than searchers believed at first.

Generally, the north end of Lake Whatcom is much shallower than the south. DeFamio had been kayaking in Agate Bay. Southeast of there, the lake swiftly drops to depths of more than 250 feet.

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