Coast Guard locates missing 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 confirmed overdue 57-year-old kayaker safe in the Everglades National Park Tuesday.

Missing was James Matthew Soltis, 57, a Lockport, Illinois resident. At approximately 9:50 a.m. the Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolpin helicopter crew located a man fitting Soltis’ description camping. The National Park Service confirmed that it was Soltis.

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., Monday from the National Park Service requesting Coast Guard assistance.

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