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Missing is Justin R. Furman, 29, Fort Myers.
At 9:50 a.m. watch standers from Station Fort Myers Beach received a report from Lee County Sheriff’s Office stating Furman had gone missing after camping at Punta Rassa with a group of friends.
Furman left the group in a 7-foot green kayak Friday night, around 9 p.m., to fish along the beach. Members of the group stated they kept in contact with him until around 10:15 p.m. When the group awoke Saturday morning, he had not returned. Members of the group stated Furman did not have a life jacket, cell phone or emergency equipment in the kayak.
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, and the Lee County Maritime Emergency Response Team were launched to commence the search.
At 11:57 a.m. Saturday a good Samaritan located the kayak between Sanibel Island and Bowditch Point.
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, homeported in St. Petersburg, Station Fort Myers Beach, Air Station Clearwater, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit, Cape Coral Fire Department, Estero Fire Rescue, and Iona-McGregor Fire Protection and Rescue Service District Water Ops Team are aiding in the search.
If you have any information that could lead to finding Furman, please contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727)-824-7506.
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