Suffolk County police continued to search for a missing kayaker Friday morning, and banned swimming at all beaches near Lake Ronkonkoma as they tried to locate the man who was last seen Thursday afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said there was nothing new to report other than the swimming ban.

She did not know what time the search resumed.

Police began looking for the kayaker after receiving a 911 call from witnesses who spotted a distressed kayaker in Lake Ronkonkoma, off of Lake Shore Drive around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. The man, who was not identified, was calling for help, police said. Several Good Samaritans attempted to help but eventually lost sight of him.

Officers from the Suffolk County Marine Bureau, Emergency Service Section, Aviation Section and Parks police responded, as did several fire departments, authorities said.

The search was suspended Thursday evening due to darkness.

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