Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker

ALAMEDA, Calif., — The Coast Guard has joined local agencies this morning in the search for a missing 51-year old man around the coast of Big Sur.

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a report late Monday night from the Monterey Sherriff’s Department that Randall Young of Morro Bay had been reported overdue by a friend when he had not returned from a camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest. Young left last Wednesday for the Plaskett Creek Campground and was due to return by noon on Sunday, May 2.

When Young did not return, the friend went to the camp location on Sunday afternoon but did not find any of his belongings. She did, however, find Young’s vehicle located on a nearby road and made an initial report to the Monterey Sherriff’s office.

Monterey Sherriffs are investigating whether a white kayak, found on Sand Dollar Beach by a local resident, is that of Randall Young.

The Coast Guard is searching the waters with an 87-foot patrol boat, while an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station San Francisco is searching the coastal areas of Big Sur.

Anyone with information about Randall Young, a 6′ 3″ white male, is asked to contact either the Monetery Sherriff’s office at 831-647-7702, or the Coast Guard at 510-437-3701.

The Coast Guard reminds mariners that placing contact identification on your kayaks, canoes, surfboards, kiteboards and other water crafts could help authorities in a search if your property is located, could lead to your rescue, and can make it easier for your property to be returned to you.

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