Coast Guard, OCSO search for missing kayaker known to paddle around Destin, Crab Island


The search continues for a missing kayaker who has not been seen since leaving his Gulf Shore Drive condo in Destin about 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office and others have been searching local waters and beaches for 61-year-old David Schink of Minnesota who was known to kayak around Destin Harbor, Crab Island and in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an OCSO press release.

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He departed Norriego Point in a blue and green kayak about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and did not return when expected. He was expected to return to the Poolside Villas about sunset.

A family member contacted authorities about 6:30 p.m. Saturday when Schink had not returned by his usual time.

David Schink of Minnesota is seen in a photograph provided by his family. The 61-year-old Schink went missing while kayaking near Norriego Point in Destin on February 13, 2021.

Investigators said he did not take his phone with him.

Schink is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds. His hair is cut in a "buzz style."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCSO at 850-651-7400 or the U.S. Coast Guard.