VIDEO: Sheriff’s office helicopter helps rescues kayaker left stranded in Everglades

VIDEO: Sheriff’s office rescues kayaker left stranded in Everglades

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP/WWSB) - 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.

In the video you can see him using his life vest to stay afloat when the helicopter spots him. Deputies aboard the helicopter directed units in the water to the kayaker.

Miele was covered in muddy water after he was pulled onto a boat by deputies. He was being treated Monday afternoon at a Naples hospital for possible hypothermia.

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.

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