The Coast Guard said the man apparently kayaked to the island from Leelanau State Park in Northport on Monday and stayed because of 3- to 4-foot waves. He ran out of food and was sunburned. The Coast Guard said his mobile phone battery was dead.
The search began after the man’s son notified the Coast Guard on Thursday afternoon that his father hadn’t returned from camping as expected.
The helicopter crew was from Air Station Traverse City.