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Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker near Destin, FL

David Schink, the missing kayaker, departed Norriego Point in a blue and green kayak around 2:30 PM and did not return when expected.

The Coast Guard, and partner agencies, are searching for an overdue kayaker in Destin, Florida.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a notification at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Saturday from the family of David Schink, the missing kayaker, who departed Norriego Point in a blue and green kayak at around 2:30 PM and did not return when expected.

He was expected to return to the Poolside Villas around sunset. Mr. Schink, a white, 61-year old male, was last seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt, wearing a black and red life jacket.

He does not have his phone on his person, according to the Coast Guard and an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued.

  • Involved in the search are:
  • Coast Guard Station Destin
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Mobile command center at 251-441-5976.

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