Coast Guard searching for overdue kayaker in Pensacola Bay

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a male kayaker reported overdue on Lake Frederick near Naval Air Station Pensacola, Tuesday.

Missing is John Kane, 21, Pensacola.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., received a call from Kane’s father who reported his son overdue and expected his return by 5 p.m. Monday. Kane reportedly launched his yellow kayak at Lake Frederick at approximately 2 p.m. The father reported his son is an experienced swimmer and usually wears his life jacket.

Joint Coast guard and first responder agencies from Florida are currently searching an area of 610 square-nautical miles in the vicinity of Pensacola Bay.

Search-and-rescue resources deployed are:

One Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew;

One Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew;

One Coast Guard Station Pensacola 25-foot Response Boat — Small boatcrew;

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrew;

Orange Beach Fire/Rescue boatcrew.

“The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to monitor weather conditions, file a float plan and take appropriate safety equipment before heading out,” said Cmdr. Eric King, chief of response, Sector Mobile. “We appreciate the cooperation from the other agencies who are assisting with our search efforts.”

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters and water enthusiasts file a float plan with family or a friend. Include all information that would help rescuers in case of an emergency; how many people on board, where you are going, how long you will be out and a description of your boat. However, do not file float plans with the Coast Guard.

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

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