NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A search was underway in Newport Saturday afternoon after authorities say they found an empty kayak north of the Newport Bridge.  

The Coast Guard’s Northeast Division says the kayak was filled with water and there was fishing gear inside. 

The U.S. Coast Guard Station at Castle Hill, and Newport’s police and fire departments were involved in the search. 

The Coast Guard also says a helicopter from Cape Cod assisted in the search for a potential missing person. 

It is unclear if the kayak was ever occupied and authorities have suspended the search pending further developments.