Coast Guard suspends search for overdue kayaker

Southeastern Coast Guard News
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a male kayaker reported overdue near Lake Frederick.

Missing is Joseph Kane, 21, of Pensacola.

Coast Guard air and boatcrews, along with multiple federal, state and local responders, searched an area of 5,679 square-nautical miles over a period of 74 hours in an effort to locate to Kane.

Search-and-rescue resources and agencies were:

Three Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrews and one ATC Mobile MH-60T helicopter aircrew;

Four Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews;

The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutters Cobia and Seahawk and crews;

Three Coast Guard Station Pensacola response boatcrews;

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boatcrew;

Two U.S. Navy MH-60 aircrews;

U.S. Navy Police;

Escambia Search and Rescue boatcrew;

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office;

Department of Defense Police.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from Kane’s father who reported his son overdue and expected his return by 5 p.m. Monday. His son reportedly launched his yellow kayak at Lake Frederick at approximately 2 p.m.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said Cmdr. Eric King, Sector Mobile. “We have exhausted every effort conducting a robust search in attempts to locate Mr. Kane, and we appreciate the assistance of all of the agencies and personnel who have volunteered their time and resources to assist with the search-and-rescue efforts.”

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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