Coast Guard: 2 kayakers pulled from sea are dead

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard says two kayakers who went missing while paddling in Maine’s Casco Bay are dead.

Officials said 18-year-old Irena McEntee and 20-year-old Carissa Ireland were unresponsive when they were found Monday morning, three miles off Cape Elizabeth. Coast Guard Cmdr. Brian Downey confirmed they’re dead.

The women’s kayaks were found Sunday after they had attempted to paddle from Peaks Island to Ram Island, a distance of about a mile. The water temperature is between 46 and 48 degrees.

Tom Hawley from the National Weather Service says there was a small craft advisory in effect at the time. He says there were sustained winds of 22 mph.

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