Missing Maria Island kayaker found safe and well

UPDATED, 8.50AM: A MAN missing in waters off Maria Island has been found safe and well on Ile du Nord.

Police officers on board the police vessel Resolute found the kayaker a short time ago.

The man is now on board the vessel on his way back to Darlington Jetty on Maria Island.

UPDATED, 7.30AM: A MAJOR search and rescue operation continues this morning to find a missing kayaker who failed to return to Darlington on Maria Island yesterday.

Two Westpac Rescue Helicopters, police vessels Cape Wickham, Relentless and Sentinel, and the volunteer coastguard searched waters around Maria Island last night and have resumed at first today.

EARLIER: A kayaker who failed to return from a fishing trip off Maria Island has sparked a search and rescue operation.

The 54-year-old man set off about 9.30am on Monday and was scheduled to return to Darlington on Maria Island by 2pm.

He was sighted fishing from his kayak about midday in the vicinity of Long Point.

The man’s Hobie kayak is red in colour and he was wearing a lifejacket.

Coastal searches and searches of Mercury Passage were being performed by air and marine resources.

Tasmania Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a kayaker of this description in or around Maria Island/Mercury Passage.

Members of the public are asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.