Search continues for man who vanished kayaking with friends off Florida, rescuers say
The Charlotte Observer December 25, 2023
(Tribune News Service) — The Coast Guard is continuing its search for a man who went missing while kayaking near the St. Augustine Inlet in Florida.
Family and friends on social media have identified the man as Eiffel Gilyana.
Gilyana was kayaking with two other people when they lost sight of him around 10 a.m. Dec. 23, according to a Facebook post from the Jax Fire Dragons boat team. They found his kayak broken in half but could not find him.
Gilyana worked with the U.S. military in Iraq from 2003 to 2009, according to Action News JAX.
Cutter Tarpon boat crews searched for Gilyana throughout the night and U.S. Coast Guard crews and partner agencies continued searching the morning of Dec. 24, according to a Facebook post by the Coast Guard.
Gilyana was last seen wearing black pants with no life jacket or shirt, according to the Coast Guard.
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