Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker near Gulf Shores, Alabama

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is searching for a kayaker whose last known location was near Gulf Shores, Alabama, Saturday.

Sean Switzer last communicated with his family while he was reportedly in a yellow kayak and not wearing a life jacket off the coast of Gulf Shores.

The Coast Guard was notified at 10 p.m., Sunday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Dauphine Island as well as an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile were launched shortly after the Coast Guard was notified.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to continue the search from the air earlier Monday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cobia, a patrol boat from Mobile, Alabama, arrived on scene at around 7 a.m., Monday.

Gulf Shores Police Department is also assisting by conducting shoreline search patterns on land.

If you have information as to the whereabouts of Switzer, please contact Coast Guard Sector Mobile Command Center at 251-441-6212.

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