Phone data leads to rescue of kayaker missing in Everglades


COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A kayaker who went missing during a solo trip in the Florida Everglades was found alive after his cell phone washed up on a riverbank.

Authorities were able to recover data from the phone showing where he’d been. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office says a helicopter crew then spotted 67-year-old Mark Miele on Monday and led a marine unit to his location.

National Park Service rangers found a bag containing his wallet and phone Sunday, giving rescuers an area to target their search. Officials say Miele embarked on a solo kayaking trip on  Jan. 22 and was due back Jan. 29. 

You can view the original social media post by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office below:


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