Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker in San Carlos Bay, Florida

A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat - Small

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard is searching San Carlos Bay Saturday for a missing 29-year-old man who was last seen kayaking off Punta Rassa.

At 9:50 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a report from Lee County Sheriff’s Office stating a man had gone missing after camping at Punta Rassa with a group of friends.

The man left the group in a 7-foot green kayak Friday night, around 9 p.m., to fish along the beach. Members of the group stated they kept in contact with him until around 10:15 p.m. When the group awoke Saturday morning, he had not returned. Members of the group stated he did not have a life jacket, cell phone or emergency equipment in the kayak.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small II boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, and the Fort Myers Maritime Emergency Response Team were launched to commence the search.

If you have any information that could lead to finding this man, please contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727)-824-7506.

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