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» Lost kayak found after floating 600 miles
 Posted: Aug 4 2010, 03:12 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (UPI) -- Florida authorities have found the owner of an abandoned kayak discovered floating off Key Largo -- who says he lost it six weeks ago almost 600 miles away.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a search after the kayak was spotted Tuesday, but found no one in distress, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Sunday.

An Internet search led authorities to the only two U.S. distributors of the South African-manufactured kayak and eventually to the kayak's owner, lawyer San Dawson of the Cayman Islands, who was knocked off the kayak by a wave in the islands' South Sound six weeks ago, the newspaper said.

"This is certainly a crazy, crazy story -- just bananas front to back,'' Dawson said. "Even if you understand the Gulf Stream, it's a pretty phenomenal story of how it traveled that far. And it's pretty phenomenal how they found me."

For six weeks Dawson's kayak followed the currents.

It likely drifted northwest past Cuba, through the Yucatan Channel to the Florida Straits and then flowed with the Gulf Stream north to Key Largo, authorities said.

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