Search Called Off, Family Not Giving Up Hope

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

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

After 49 hours, with rescue crews covering more than 9,160 square nautical miles, the Coast Guard suspended their search.

“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 is still hoping for a miracle, and are grateful for the prayers and support they’ve received.