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Missing kayaker found in Tampa Bay

TAMPA — Authorities found a missing kayaker early Saturday morning hanging on to a manatee sign in Old Tampa Bay, Tampa police said.

Tonja Collins, 44, of Tampa, had been paddling an inflatable kayak near her husband Friday night when she went missing about 9:15 p.m., police said. The U.S. Coast Guard and police marine units searched the area and located her empty boat south of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife rescue officer later found her clinging to the sign about 400 yards offshore, police said. Collins was not injured and refused medical attention.

Missing kayaker found in Tampa Bay 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 10:39am]
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