Coast Guard continues search for missing kayaker off Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard continues to search today for a Ft. Myers, Fla., man who was reported missing while kayaking off the coast of Point Pleasant Beach, N.J., Wednesday.

Missing is Frank D’Alessandro, 52.

Coast Guard search crews include an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Atlantic City, a C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the crew of the Cutter Albacore, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, Va. Additionally, a crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., is conducting a shoreline search.

The total search area ranges from Sandy Hook Bay, N.J., to Barnegat Light, N.J., and as far as 25 miles off the coast.

“Search conditions are ideal,” said Coast Guard Lt. Steve Cory, a pilot at Air Station Atlantic City. “We have optimal search conditions – calm seas, no wind and unlimited visability.”

A Coast Guard crew discovered an overturned orange kayak about nine miles off the beach shortly after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and turned it over to members of the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.

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