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Search continues for missing kayaker

By Staff | Dec 15, 2014

PHOTO BY BRIAN WIERIMA Lee County Sheriff's Office boats float just off the Sanibel Causeway, as divers search for kayaker Andrew Barber, who went missing Friday night.

The search for missing kayaker, Andrew Barber, continued Monday morning, as the Lee County Sheriff Office and the Fish and Wildlife concentrated on the area near the Sanibel Causeway.

Barber was reported missing late Friday evening, approximately around 11 p.m. by his friend Kyle Woolwine. The duo were kayaking, when it flipped over in San Carlos Bay and both were forced from the boat. Woolwine was able to swim safely back to shore, but Barber was reportedly swept by the current and didn’t make it back.

Neither were wearing a lifejacket, while the empty kayak was found Saturday morning three miles off shore, along with Barber’s backpack.

Boats and a helicopter were dispatched Friday night, along with a search of the shoreline. The search went through Saturday and into Sunday. A sonar hit was made Sunday with the image potentially that of a body just off the Causeway.

But Monday’s search, which included divers, did not turn up Barber. The search continued through Monday, but was suspended later that day.

Another missing person was reported Monday afternoon, after a 19-year-old man fell off his paddleboard off of Algiers Beach and didn’t make it back to shore. That search has been in full force since Tuesday afternoon.

Search continues for missing kayaker

By Staff | Dec 15, 2014

The search for missing kayaker, Andrew Barber, continued Monday morning, as the Lee County Sheriff Department and the Fish and Wildlife concentrated on the area near the Sanibel Causeway.

Barber was reported missing late Friday evening, approximately around 11 p.m. by his friend Kyle Woolwine. The duo were kayaking, when it flipped over in San Carlos Bay and both were forced from the boat. Woolwine was able to swim safely back to shore, but Barber was reportedly swept by the current and didn’t make it back.

Neither were wearing a lifejacket, while the empty kayak was found Saturday morning three miles off shore, along with Barber’s backpack.

Boats and a helicopter were dispatched Friday night, along with a search of the shoreline. The search went through Saturday and into Sunday. A sonar hit was made Sunday with the image potentially that of a body just off the Causeway.

But Monday’s search, which included divers, did not turn up Barber. The search continues through Monday.

Barber’s mother joined the search by kayak Sunday, as his brother helped search through the air, since he is a pilot.