A Virginia man, who disappeared while on a solo kayaking trip in the Everglades National Park is in stable condition after he was rescued Monday, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Mark Miele, 67, of Williamsburg, Virginia, was located shortly before noon Monday. He left for his trip Jan. 22 and was due back Jan. 29.
After Miele’s bag, with his wallet and phone, washed up on the bank of the Lopez River and was found by park rangers on Sunday, deputies worked with the National Parks Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to locate the missing man.
To find Miele, Deputies downloaded data from his phone Sunday night and found his most recent coordinates logged on Jan. 31. Then the sheriff’s office aviation unit began a targeted search of the area.
A helicopter crew spotted Miele floating in the water face-up and wearing a life jacket several miles from where his belongings were found. Boats soon reached the area and took Miele to safety.
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