The body of Raistlin Ruther, 18, was recovered from the water in Hampton Bays last night about an hour after his kayak was found off the shore of Meschutt Beach in Hampton Bays. He launched his kayak off West Street in South Jamesport around 8 a.m., Riverhead Police said.

The body of an 18-year-old Riverhead man who went missing while kayaking in the Great Peconic Bay yesterday was recovered by police last night in Hampton Bays after an extensive multi-agency search, Riverhead Police said.

The Riverhead Police Department received a report of an overdue kayaker yesterday at about 4:15 p.m. Raistlin Ruther had launched his kayak at about 8 a.m. from West Street in South Jamesport, according to the report. The Riverhead Police dive team conducted a search of area waterways while patrol units searched area beaches, police said in a press release. Southold and Southampton police departments, emergency boats from numerous fire departments, the Suffolk County Police Aviation Section and U.S. Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter responded to assist with the search, police said.

A capsized kayak believed to belong to Ruther was located off the shore of Meschutt County Beach in Hampton Bays at approximately 7:40 p.m., police said. The search continued and approximately an hour later, a Southold Police marine unit recovered Ruther’s body in the water in Hampton Bays.

The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating, police said.

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