Pensacola Kayaker Still Missing

Pensacola Kayaker Still Missing

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PENSACOLA, Florida -

Jim and Margie Kane are holding onto hope and to each other. "There is no tragedy that I can think of that would be greater than losing your child," says Jim.

On a Monday afternoon their son went to Sherman's Cove, a water lovers playground and a popular place for Kane to take his six foot yellow kayak, his dog Frannie and head out for a while. "The places that he was was along that shoreline and it was close to the pass. It's possible he could have gone over to Fort Pickens. He could have gotten caught in the pass," says Jim.

It's been 10 days since Joseph Kane brought his kayak and his dog to this beautiful stretch of beach on NAS Pensacola, paddled off and has never been seen since.

"Loved the outdoors, nature, camping, all of that," says his mother Margie. "He wasn't your typical computer or play video games. His interest was in the outdoors," says his Dad.

Search efforts continue with missing posters being posted along the beachfront. "The one thing that is unusual about this case he's been gone going on ten days and there is no sign of him, the kayak, the dog, the paddle," says Escambia County Sheriffs spokesperson Rhonda Ray.

"In my heart of hearts I think something happened with the dog. It was a good dog but it was a springer spaniel and springer spaniels can't resist birds. The dog would have jumped out of kayak after a bird and Joseph would have done everything he could to save the dog," says Jim.

It's the waiting and the not knowing that is the hardest. "It's still possible we will locate Joseph alive but most likely we won't. We're accepting that we believe that Joseph is okay either way because of our strong faith," says Jim.

Still they would like to bring him home, so they will continue to search till that happens.

Family members say after the discovery of the kayak Thursday afternoon they will concentrate search efforts east of Johnson Beach all the way to San Destin.

The Kane's ask if you see anything unusual, a kayak, a dog that is not familiar, a paddle, anything, that you call the Escambia County Sheriffs Office at 850-436-9620.

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