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Two men disappear after kayak overturns in Moon Lake

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Pasco sheriff’s officers search on Moon Lake for two men who took a kayak and capsized.

LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Times

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Pasco sheriff’s officers search on Moon Lake for two men who took a kayak and capsized.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Rescue workers searched by air and water Sunday night for two men who were thrown from a kayak when it overturned in Moon Lake.

The two men had been doing stucco work on a home in the 9200 block of Moon Lake Road when they took the homeowner's kayak without permission, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The kayak capsized and tossed the men into the water about 2:50 p.m. The men were seen thrashing around in the water but had disappeared by the time rescue workers showed up at the lake.

The homeowner went looking for the men on a personal watercraft but could not find them.

Authorities said the men could not swim and didn't bring along any flotation devices in the kayak. The kayak was found on the other side of the lake, and a cap and a cigarette lighter, believed to belong to one of the men, were also recovered.

"This looks like it's going to be a recovery," said Kevin Doll, a spokesman with the Sheriff's Office. "It's a big lake and it's not like they are divers who had any type of breathing apparatus."

Divers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Sheriff's Office searched for the men until nightfall, Doll said.

Rescue workers were expected to begin the search again this morning.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Two men disappear after kayak overturns in Moon Lake 03/30/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 4, 2008 2:35pm]
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