Missing kayaker found alive in Bradenton mobile home park

Manatee County

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – UPDATE: A Bradenton man who went missing while kayaking on Palma Sola Bay Monday morning has been found.

According to deputies, Peter Hasakis, 30, was found walking around in the Sunny Shores Mobile Home Park, located at 3508 115th St. W., a short time before 10 p.m. when he was approached by a resident.

Deputies say they are getting Hasakis attention now and are still investigating how he got separated from his kayak.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, they are trying to figure out exactly where Hasakis was when rescue crews searched for him throughout the day.

ORIGINAL STORY: Authorities are searching for a Bradenton man who went missing while kayaking on Palma Sola Bay Monday.

Peter Hasakis, 30, embarked on a kayaking trip this morning and left his cell phone and wallet at home, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Hasakis’ mother reported him missing after she woke up and noticed Peter and a kayak were gone.

The green kayak was found in shallow water about two miles west of his home on Catalina Drive. It’s unclear if he was able to swim to shore, authorities said.

The Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spent hours searching the area along with the sheriff’s office’s marine unit. Multiple locals joined in on the search including Captain Larry Davis.

“As I was pulling in the parking lot, I saw the helicopter hovering over the bay here. I got my boat and rode out there and helped the Coast Guard look for him, but no luck. It is real shallow all through here. There’s just a little channel for the boat. It is three feet… sometimes at low tide, you can see land,” said Davis.

FWC has taken over the search and rescue effort. If anyone has information that could assist with the search of Hasakis they are encouraged to call the FWC 24-hour Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).


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