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Search called off for missing kayakers

Search called off for missing kayakers

(Sandusky) – First responders have called off the search in Sandusky Bay for Jon Francis and his 12-year-old daughter Viola, who were last seen in their kayaks early Saturday night. 

The Coast Guard combed the waters all day Sunday and Monday looking for the two after their empty kayaks washed up on shore.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Gabriel Settel says searchers found the two empty kayaks Sunday morning, but there's no sign of the man and his daughter.

Settel tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, the pair did not have life jackets when they set out on Sandusky Bay just west of the City of Sandusky.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth says the father and daughter were planning to paddle across the bay to a bridge and back.

On Monday, rescuers found a pair of boots that belonged to Jon Francis.

The U.S. Coast Guard and local police are searching the water and the shoreline.

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