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Kayaker found after missing for nearly a week in Florida Everglades

Posted: 2:01 PM, Feb 04, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-04 14:01:58-05
Kayaker found after missing for nearly a week in Florida Everglades

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Virginia man who went missing while kayaking in the Florida Everglades has been found alive.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office says a helicopter crew spotted 67-year-old Mark Miele on Monday and led a marine unit to his location.

He was being treated Monday afternoon at a Naples hospital.

Officials say Miele embarked on a solo kayaking trip in Everglades National Park on Jan. 22 and was due back Jan. 29.

He never returned, but National Park Service rangers found a bag containing his wallet and phone Sunday, giving rescuers an area to target their search.

Mark Miele, a 67-year-old Virginia man, embarked on a solo kayaking trip in Everglades National Park on Jan. 22. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said he was due back on Jan. 29 and had to be rescued on Feb. 3. (Collier County Sheriff's Office)<div class="Figure-credit" itemprop="author">Collier County Sheriff's Office
Mark Miele, a 67-year-old Virginia man, embarked on a solo kayaking trip in Everglades National Park on Jan. 22. The Collier County Sheriff's Office said he was due back on Jan. 29 and had to be rescued on Feb. 3. (Collier County Sheriff's Office)