Missing man went home after overturning kayak in St. Johns River

Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 10:39 a.m.

MAYPORT, Fla. The search for a missing kayaker in north Florida is over, after the man's wife contacted authorities and reported that he was alive and well.

The Coast Guard launched the search in the St. Johns River near Jacksonville after locating an empty kayak, and crews spent several hours Sunday searching the cold waters.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinator Tom Wells says the man overturned his kayak, swam to shore, got in his car and went home. Wells said a life preserver saved the man's life.

A member of the Coast Guard saw a kayaker fishing Sunday afternoon and later spotted the same yellow kayak overturned, prompting the search.

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