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.