The search continues for missing kayakers

Nets came up empty at about 1 p.m. Tuesday during a search for two kayakers who went missing Saturday in Sandusky Bay.
Emil Whitis
Apr 9, 2013

Search crews dragged fishing nets along the Sandusky Bay shoreline east from Crystal Rock, north about 4000 feet along the Edison bridge then back west forming a horseshoe shape. 

But the nets were empty when crews hauled them in at about 1 p.m. 

Cadaver-sniffing dogs were still combing the bay at about 1:30 p.m. and one dog indicated to a spot not covered by the nets. 

See more photos of the search HERE

Divers are searching the area. 

Jonathan Francis, 30, and his daughter Viola, 12, were last seen Saturday evening paddling toward the Edison Bridge. 

Their empty kayaks were discovered washed up along the Ottawa County shoreline near LIghtner Road on Sunday morning. 

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Noitall

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DickTracey

There you have it folks! Another fine example of the dumbing down of America!

That was so profound, NOITALL!

Yes, I'm sure God looked down and said, "Viola, your parents don't appreciate you, so I am going to tip your kayak over, and spill you out in the freezing cold water."

Just so you know, Viola is NOT in a better place right now. I'm pretty sure she would rather have been in school today.

Noitall

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Hoss McGee

Yeah I kinda laughed when I seen the picture of John and Viola standing there. He has the shirt that looks like a Adidas shirt but says alcohol. Must be a proud family if that's the only picture they have of both them together. Nice shirt buddy!

Azure Ray

Comments like this make me sick to my stomach. This is a 12 year old girl who has her entire life ahead of her. She should not be defined by her parents (mistakes or not). Everyone in this world is fighting some sort of battle, and everyone can overcome whatever that may be. I'm praying for the best outcome for these two human beings.

magiclady

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snowlover

What a senseless, cold- hearted thing to say Noitall. Also, why are you saying they are in a much better place wherever they are and then saying RIP??? Do you know something that the police should know about?

Bee13

I would love to know who you are........Probably hide behind your screen name because you think you "noitall."

Please let us know how you "know" the family. Or... "Noitall."

It's pretty sad you think they're in a better place...........SHAME ON YOU!

Unassumer

Bad things don't happen because people don't appreciate others. Bad things just happen. God doesn't allow or not allow anything. Things just are. Freak accidents just happen. Bad judgment causes others. People die all the time but it's not an act of vengeance by God or a result of them being not so wonderful people. Death is a part of life period. I hope these two are not dead but just took off to live a life they wanted. It would be a saving grace if you were not so judgmental.

Noitall

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Bee13

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magiclady

everyone has a number and when god decides it time for u to come home(heaven) he takes u,, nothing to do with freak accidents a lot to do with stupidty. life jackets,responsible parent,thats what it has to do with

magiclady

it doesn't add up the girlfriend waited 12 hrs before reporting them missing. a pair of shoes and 2 kayaks end up in the same spot impossible. noitall ur right about the mom but lets not forget this is about a little girl that is greatly missed by everyone. god be with them and hope for a good out come. and lets hope she didn't suffer.

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BULLISDEEP

No proof of death .

HBK

Yeah, i don't think they are dead. which is a good thing, and maybe even a noble cause, but he is in some deep stuff when he does pop up alive

doppleganger

I don't know any of the people involved - missing or not. My prayers go out to all. That being said; is there any possibility that the father took the daughter to get away from the situation back here? Whatever that may be?

Simple Enough II

IMO, Something smells fishy with this whole ordeal, unless the father was a ragin drunk/ID10T who would take their early teen daughter out kayaking in water temps like this without life vest and cold water suits? So where are they?

candleburner

That's what I want to know too! Unless the child is a mermaid there's no way that anyone would be proficient enough in swimming - especially with water temps as cold as I'm sure they still are - to go out without life jackets. It just doesn't make any sense. I don't know anyone associated with this and I pray that no harm has come to this child but again it doesn't make any sense to me.

BlueAngel

No proof of death...something is fishy for sure...I wondered if he (the father) didnt just take her or something...finding both kyacks and a pair of shoes in the same place... but if they are in the water...there is ALOT of it to search... guess we just have to wait and see.........prayers to all!

itssad1

Why is it when there is a tragedy people on here have to say negative things about them or family members. Do you not think they have families that are worried. Just because some make mistakes or have bad lifestyles is not for anyone of you to judge. I wish people would just imagine if it were their family member and how would they feel.

Kelly

You're assuming there is a tragedy but the "facts" don't add up.

Left Sandtown

What ever the case,if the bay took them,the bay will give them back around 5/15 under normal spring,unless found by other ways first,we can only hope he bolted and they are safe.God Bless for all at this time.

takeastand

I find it these comments shameful! Two people are missing and may be dead. A child who didn't pick her parents but loved them anyway! Please respect their families and this child who just trusted her dad and was trying to be a twelve year old in a messed up world!!

Sitting In The ...

The truth is the only people responsible for this our the parents and evidently the neighbors who saw these two carrying the kayaks and did absolutely nothing to stop them. I'd rather have people speak the truth then 50 comments of people sending their prayers or blessings....because obviously they've not been heard because they're still missing. Bravo.

ladydye_5

Are you saying the "neighbors who saw them and did nothing" are responsible? or hold a part of the responsibility? That is the craziest thing I have ever heard. I am not responsible for what my neighbors do! When will people take responsibility for themselves? It is not everyone else's job.

magiclady

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Gardenman

Too bad for any family to lose two members of your family in the sate tragedy. Not something we wish on anyone. I went over the Edison bridge today and the bay so as smooth as glass. We keep this family in our prayers and hope some closure comes soon.

blueyedgrl1030

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Noitall

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andrew43420

I have to say some of you people make me sick, I did not know this family but I can bet anything this man did not intend on hurting his daughter, it sounded like fun to go test out new kayaks, yeah there may have been some bad choices, with that being said can the first person who has never ever made a bad choice speak up now cause I wanna hear what you have to say

Simple Enough II

Maybe he didn't intend to hurt his daughter, but if indeed they went kayaking under the said circumstances, it is not a tragic accident, it is a negligent act as an adult and parent I don't accept the "Hold my Beer and watch this" mentality when it comes to children.

snowlover

Wow there is a big pile of stones around here from all you "perfect, without sin" people. Two people are missing and all you can do is cast stones. Maybe you should be the ones worried about if you will be going to a better place when you pass away. Prayers for the missing dad and daughter and their family. Oh and for you "perfect" people.

Simple Enough II

I would have thrown a life perserver instead!

Sitting In The ...

Thanks Simple Enough !!!!! Atleast you picked something that actually required effort on your part. Hey snowlover keep the prayers you obviously need them way more than me. Hey snowlover If God didn't help these two what makes you think he cares about your prayers?

snowlover

How do you know God didn't help them? My prayers get answered all the time-sometimes not the way I want them but the way HE want's them. God Bless you!

Betherella

I was told one kayak was upside-down. I think the shoes were probably in the kayak and when it hit shore and flipped over, they fell out. Also, Noitall, you apparently don't know anything. How can you talk about anyone like that? No matter what kind of person they are. The girl looks very happy in the photos with her daddy. Maybe he wasn't perfect, but kids tend to see the good in their parents and love them unconditionally.

nobodycares

Has anybody found his vehicle anywhere ??

SamAdams

The most tragic thing about this entire incident is, of course, the fact that a 12 year-old child is missing and possibly dead. But the SECOND most tragic thing is that this is one accident that was entirely preventable.

Do I think anybody would do such a thing intentionally? Of course not! If nothing else, it's a pretty unsure method of murder/suicide! But do I think the father should have known better? Absolutely. And do I think the girlfriend really dropped the ball by the long delay in reporting a problem? That, too. We've all heard the phrase "comedy of errors." Well, here's a TRAGEDY of errors.

To the friends and family directly involved: You have my sympathies (as well as those of most of the rest of us, I'm sure). But that doesn't mean those errors in judgment weren't made, and that people pointing out those errors are either "cold" or "wrong." Consider it a learning opportunity, maybe, for anybody else contemplating such a weekend "adventure!"

Commenter

Well said. I think that curiosity has people wondering what the facts are here. I'm sure we're not being told all there is to this and I hope they find them, one way or another.

jason2121

The kayaks were 8-foot long. The photos show that they were Guidesman Neptune 8 The tops and sides of the kayaks are seen clearly in the photos and there is no sign of any registration stickers which are required by law in Ohio when on public waters. They apparently weren't familiar with some of the procedures for using kayaks.

Noitall

I thought they looked like 10 footers. They should have been on 13 footers. It's so sad. 8 footers are way too small.

jason2121

An 8-foot sea kayak is like a whitewater boat. The ones they were using had no up-turn to cut through waves and were very short, almost like pool toys. They get swamped easily in waves. Apparently they weren't wearing any spray skirts to keep the water out.

It's difficult to re-enter sea kayaks without being skilled in the proper re-entry techniques and without the needed equipment (paddle float, bilge pump). Anyone who takes a sea kayak out on the waters should get training first. It's much more difficult to re-enter a sea kayak than one may think. Even a sit-on-top kayak can be difficult to re-enter.

chevygirl2004

Firefighter from the area claims dad was found.. any one know anything about that? Hope its false & still praying they're found alive & well.

Commenter

I heard there was activity at bridge tonite

alissa28

HBK, what "deep stuff" would that be?

jason2121

Water.