Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing kayaker

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for a missing kayaker.

At about 8:30 a.m., 37-year-old, Chris Smelley went fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off Grayton Beach. Smelley was in a blue and black kayak and has not returned, authorities said.

Walton County Sheriff’s Office and South Walton Fire District have jet skis in the water off of Grayton Beach in pursuit of his search.

The United States Coast Guard out of Mobile has also been notified. Florida Fish and Wildlife has launched from the Intel at Destin Pass and heading East toward Grayton.

If anyone sees Chris or spots his blue and black kayak, call 850-892-8111.

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