Coast Guard, National Park Service searching for overdue kayaker in Everglades National Park

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter File Photo

MIAMI—The Coast Guard and the National Park Service are searching for an overdue 57-year-old kayaker in the Everglades National Park Tuesday.

Missing is James Matthew Soltis, 57, a Lockport, Illinois resident. Soltis was reported overdue Monday evening from a 10-day Everglades Wilderness Waterway kayaking trip to the Everglades National Park Rangers by his daughter. Soltis departed the Flamingo Visitor Center on March 15 and was expected back Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call at approximately 10 p.m., from the National Park Service requesting Coast Guard assistance. The watchstanders directed a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to conduct a first light search.

The National Park Service searched Monday and are continuing their search.

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