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Missing kayaker found safe off Tarpon Springs

TARPON SPRINGS — A kayaker who went missing Saturday was found safe Sunday morning.

Several agencies had been searching for David Stephen Hoffmann Jr. after he was reported missing.

Hoffmann, 25, who had launched his 15-foot single-passenger kayak near Bayshore Drive on Saturday, was found paddling to shore Sunday morning. He told officers he got caught in a low tide and spent the night on an island until the water was high enough for him to return home.

The U.S. Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office helped with the search.

Missing kayaker found safe off Tarpon Springs 02/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 19, 2012 12:38pm]

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