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Search for Minnesota man missing off coast of Florida called off

A recovery search will continue through the end of the week.
David Schink

David Schink

The search for a Minnesota man who went missing off the coast of Destin, Florida, on Saturday has been suspended. 

David Schink, 61, of Champlin, was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. on Saturday. He had gone kayaking around 2:30 p.m. that day and didn't return, the U.S. Coast Guard said

The Coast Guard said Monday it had suspended its search for Schink after 49 hours, with rescue crews covering more than 9,160 square nautical miles. 

“The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never one we come to lightly,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kate Sullivan, search and rescue mission coordinator for Sector Mobile. “We offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Schink in this difficult time.”

Schnik's family told WKRG on Tuesday they're still hoping for a miracle. 

According to the news station, Schnik and his wife have been coming to Destin as snowbirds from Minnesota for the past decade. 

During the Coast Guard's search, they didn't find Schnik but did find his kayak capsized and half of a paddle, WKRG said, noting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will continue its recovery search until the end of the week.

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