Coast Guard crews searching for missing South Carolina kayaker in south Florida

MIAMI — Coast Guard crews, and partner agencies are searching for a missing kayaker in the vicinity of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, in Dania Beach, Florida.

Missing is, David Lemonds a 47-year-old male, a South Carolina resident.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report at approximately 9:45 A.M. Friday from the National Park Service rangers in John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, of a possible missing kayaker. Lemond’s truck was spotted in the parking lot overnight with no signs of Lemond’s retuning to it. Several local kayakers in the area were questioned and it was determined that Lemond was last seen at approximately 11 A.M. Thursday leaving in a 12-foot yellow ocean kayak.

Boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores were launched to search the area. A MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami launched to search an area from Dania Beach to Rivera Beach, Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission along with John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Rangers searched the park Friday with negative results of finding Lemonds.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lemonds is asked to contact Coast Guard watchstanders at 305-415-6800.

The Coast Guard Cutter William Flores is a 154-foot fast response cutter, homeported in Miami Beach, Florida.

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