UPDATE: Missing kayakers identified

Area law enforcement searching Sandusky Bay area for a father and daughter.
Sandusky Register Staff
Apr 7, 2013

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.

Comments

2cents

Let’s hope they came ashore somewhere, maybe in the marsh area. With the lake at 44F, even with PFD they would have a limited survival timeframe in the water. I lost two friends to the lake, even in June she is a bit chilly. The lake is a great place to play, but so many people just take it for granted. With summer coming, please be safe and don’t let her beauty tease you because she can whip up, and rip you apart in five minutes!

Kottage Kat

Praying for good outcome
Mightily

RNR

I really hope they are okay.... let us all remember that if we are going someplace tell a family member or friend where you are going, how long your expected to be gone and the route you are taking. prayers for them for sure

deertracker

Hoping for a good outcome also!

gene44870

Its a sad start to the warm season and its not even Summer , May they find them alive and well

richrs

praying and thinking good thoughts.

Never2L8

im good friends with the mom n step dad. pray over n over again something positive happens and she is ok.

bobshumway92

I hope they turn up okay. This is horrible.

HBK

Any updates?

jes1413

Is this where the kayaks were found, or were they moved before the pictures were taken? Anyone know?

HBK

Sure they were moved & setup like that

jaded

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Ehovemom

Let's not resort to name calling. This sounds like a tragic situation for this whole family. Why not use that energy to pray for a little strength for everyone. No one deserves to lose a child.

HBK

I couldn't agree more, this about a young girl and her father. Not her mother.

gringadeoh

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OmertaMOM1

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Home Boy

Praying for the both of them. But what are people doing in a kayak in Lake Erie in early April with the water temp in the low 40's?

Kelly

and why no life jackets???

Never2L8

they just sent some more divers in the water to search some more

mamaC

hope they are found safe and sound.. Prayers to the family..

Sitting In The ...

My heart goes out to the family....

jaded

truth hurts for all you who were offended by my last comment.

jaded

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OmertaMOM1

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OmertaMOM1

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Commenter

don't stoop to their level!
Prayers for your family.

Unassumer

junior high revival?

OmertaMOM1

lmao yes! had 2 with the idiotic comment she/he made but someone removed it. sure wasnt necessary by no means.

Yellow Snow

SR says missing kayakers have been identified. Does this mean they have been found???
Hoping and praying for a positive outcome for them.

OmertaMOM1

no they are still out looking with divers and choppers.

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