Coast Guard searches San Carlos Bay for kayaker lost at sea

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Coast Guard is searching San Carlos Bay for a missing man last seen kayaking off Punta Rossa.

The unidentified 29-year-old man was in the area camping with friends when he decided to leave the group to fish along the beach.

He disappeared around 9 pm on Friday and hasn’t been seen since.

Members of the group told authorities they were in touch with the victim before they went to sleep, when they awoke in the morning, he had not returned.

They say he wasn’t wearing a life jacket or carrying a cell phone or emergency equipment in the 7-foot green kayak.

Rescue officials deployed a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II boat crew from Station Fort Myers Beach, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew from Air Station Clearwater.

The Fort Myers Maritime Emergency Response Team also joined efforts to find the missing man.

Anyone with information leading to his safe return has been asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727)-824-7506.

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