Body of missing kayaker from Aiken recovered
The body of David Lemonds, who has been missing for several days since leaving a Florida state park in a kayak, has been recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard reported Lemonds was recovered south of Port Everglades, Florida, on Sunday after being discovered by a good Samaritan.
Lemonds was an Aiken resident.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami received a report at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Sunday from a good Samaritan stating they had come upon a body in the water south of Port Everglades.
The Coast Guard reported Broward County Sheriff’s office officials recovered the body from the water at approximately 2:45 p.m.
Lemonds’ body was turned over to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Rangers in John U. Lloyd Beach State Park alerted the Coast Guard on Friday about a possible missing kayaker. Lemonds’ truck was spotted in the parking lot overnight. Several local kayakers said they saw Lemonds leave on Thursday morning in a 12-foot yellow ocean kayak.
Coast Guard sea and air crews launched a search of the waters off the Dania Beach park, but there was no sign of Lemonds.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials are investigating the incident.