Coast Guard searching for missing canoeist in Old Tampa Bay

The man left Saturday morning but didn't return.

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was canoeing Saturday in Old Tampa Bay.

Joshua Ford, 35, left Ben T. Davis Beach about 8 a.m. Saturday in a 14-foot canoe and did not return by 5 p.m. as expected. He was planning to fish between the Courtney Campbell Causeway and Howard Frankland Bridge.

He was last seen wearing a baby blue flannel long-sleeve shirt, gray shorts, and dark brown work boots. The canoe is standard in length, orange in color.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, EC Search and Rescue and Tampa Police Marine Patrol are assisting with the search.

Anyone with information is asked to call 727-824-7506.

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