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UPDATE: Missing kayakers identified

Sandusky Register Staff • Apr 9, 2013 at 6:49 AM

UPDATE (5:40 p.m.): The Coast Guard ended its search for the missing kayakers.

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.): Search crews have called off the search for the missing kayakers, although a Coast Guard helicopter is still flying over the area. Quite a few family members and friends have remained searching along the shoreline, while about 20 people have gathered at the family's home in Margaretta Township. 

UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): Jonathan Francis, 30, and his daughter Viola, 12, are still missing. The two were last seen in their boats around 5 p.m. Saturday.

UPDATE (10:29 a.m.): Both kayaks have been located near Lightner road in Ottawa County, but are empty.

The adult male and 12-year-old female were last seen Saturday evening putting their blue and lime green kayaks in the water in from Crystal Rock to paddle to the Edison Bridge and back. The two have not been seen since. They were not wearing personal flotation devices.

The Coast Guard is currently searching for the father/daughter.

If seen, the public is urged to call 911 or call the Erie County Sheriff 419.625.7951.

The sheriff's office and Margaretta Township fire department are currently checking the shoreline.

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