The Coast Guard is conducted an air and sea search for a kayak who has gone missing off Dania Beach, Florida. David Lemonds of South Carolina was last seen by local kayakers at 11:00 am Thursday (5/22/14) in his yellow 12′ kayak leaving from John U. Lloyd Park. His car was noticed in the park’s parking lot overnight. The Coast Guard was notified on Friday (5/23/14) of a possible missing kayaker given the long time the car was in the lot. Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale along with the Miami based Coast Guard Cutter William Flores were launched to search the area. A MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami were also deployed to search the ocean from Dania Beach to Riviera Beach. Lemonds’ last known communication was with his wife Thursday morning. He is 5′ tall, 140lbs and was last seen wearing a black wetsuit. Any person with information is asked to call the Coast Guard Watchstanders at (305) 415-6800.
The body of David Lemons was found in the waters south of Ft. Lauderdale by fishermen. He was wearing a SCUBA tank and wetsuit. Broward County homicide detectives are currently investigating this tragedy. He was missing for three days.