Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker off Cape Canaveral

USCG file photo

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – After an extensive, multi-agency search of an area approximately twice the size of Jacksonville, Fla., the search for a missing kayaker who reportedly left to go fishing Wednesday morning and never returned home was suspended at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday.

Missing is Michael Alexander, 49, from Cape Canaveral.

Alexander’s girlfriend contacted Coast Guard watchstanders Thursday and reported that she found a note Wednesday morning written by Alexander stating that he was taking his kayak fishing off the coast of Cape Canaveral. When he did not return home by Thursday morning she notified authorities. She also reported that Alexander owned an orange single person kayak which was located by a good Samaritan Thursday afternoon about 20 miles off shore, without Alexander aboard.

Alexander’s vehicle was found at an ocean entry point on State Road A1A and Berkeley Street.

“We have conducted an exhaustive search of the area using helicopters from both the Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard fixed wing aircraft, and surface craft.  Based on this significant search effort, we believe we would have located the missing kayaker if he were still on the surface. We are suspending our active search pending further developments,” said Capt. Andy Blomme, commander, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville.

Assets and agencies involved in the search for Alexander include:

–  An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.

–  HC-130 Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft crews from Air Station Clearwater

–  The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Shrike, homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.

–  A 25-foot small-boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral

–  A Brevard County, Fla., sheriff’s department helicopter crew

–  A rescue-boat crew from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

–  Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crews from Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral

– An HSL-60 Naval helicopter crew from Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

Anybody with information regarding the whereabouts of Alexander, or having information pertinent to his safe return home, are being asked to contact the Sector Jacksonville command center at 904- 564-7511.

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