Missing NPF is listing this case due to both the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation's involvement in the search for Donald Waters, and Water's "Last Known Location" being in close proximity to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. We are following this case, and will update this case file when more information is known.
MIAMI, Fla. — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for Donald Waters, a 42-year-old male kayaker who went missing Tuesday, August 3, 2021, near Vero Beach. Multiple agencies both on and above the surface of the water searched for Waters for over four days.
Waters' backpack was located two miles east of Vero Beach at 12:18 p.m. on Saturday. The Coast Guard and mission partners searched more than 7,100 square nautical miles for approximately 114 hours.
"The decision to suspend a case is never an easy one," Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason Reynolds, a command duty officer for Sector Miami Command Center said. "Our greatest sympathies go out to the Waters family during this time."
Vero Beach Police Department notified Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders on Tuesday at 9:40 a.m. that Waters went missing while kayaking.
A Station Fort Pierce rescue crew and an Air Station Miami helicopter crew launched and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish to assist in the search. Vero Beach Police Department conducted shore side patrols and launched marine and air crews.
Coast Guard assets involved in the search include the following:
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Miami
MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Clearwater
C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Clearwater
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Fort Pierce
Coast Guard Cutter Webber
Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish
Coast Guard Cutter Ibis
Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were also involved in the search.
If you have any information, please call Coast Guard Sector Miami Command Center at 305-535-4472.
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Aug 09, 2021 at 18:17
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Aug 09, 2021 at 18:30
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 5614
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