The kayaker who was found Saturday evening off Higgins Beach in Scarborough after a mulit-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard and others has died.

Police identified the victim as Steven Langlais, 51, of New Gloucester.

Coast Guard Command Duty Officer James Childress said the man was reported missing by a concerned friend Saturday afternoon.

The Coast Guard found Langlais, who had left Scarborough Marsh intending to kayak to Bluff’s Island, around 7 p.m., about a half-mile off Higgins Beach.

Langlais’ body was spotted by Coast Guard searchers in a helicopter. A Coast Guard rescue boat and a Scarborough Marine Unit were directed to his location, and he was taken aboard the Coast Guard boat.

A Scarborough paramedic aboard the Coast Guard boat attempted to resuscitate Langlais. Langlais did not appear to respond and he was transferred to an ambulance at Pine Point and later pronounced dead at Maine Medical Center.

Langlais’ kayak was found in the surf at Higgins Beach. He was swearing a wet suit and life jacket and found face up in the water. Childress said he was an experienced kayaker who had made the Bluff’s Island trip before.

Childress said officials haven’t determined what might have caused the accident.