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Search and Rescue Teams Find Missing Kayaker After Overnight Search in Flagler Beach

By STEPHEN COX, Correspondent | June 12, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 061520101

Flagler Beach, FL - Just before 9:00 P.M. on June 12th, Flagler County 911 dispatch received a phone call regarding a male who had not returned from his kayak trip in the Bulow Creek region.

The Flagler County Sheriffs office initiated the search with the assistance from multiple agencies such as Florida Wildlife Control. With the help of Volusia County Air One helicopter, Flagler county FireFlight helicopter and Seminole County Alert 1 helicopter, the male was found approximately three miles deep in the salt marsh.

The marine rescue unit from Flagler Beach Fire Department Station 11 was dispatched to assist in the rescue efforts. The Flagler Beach Marine Rescue team was able to get into the vicinity of the lost kayaker but was forced to abandon their marine vessel due to low water levels and make the rescue by foot. After a 1/4 mile trek in the salt marsh, the Flagler Beach Fire Department Marine Rescue team made contact with the lost kayaker.

Due to exhaustion and dehydration the kayaker was assisted by the team back to the initial entry point where the Flagler Beach Marine Rescue team was met by the Flagler County Sheriffs and Florida Fish and Wildlife marine units. The lost kayaker was taken to the local hospital by Flagler County Fire Rescue for evaluation.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.