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Authorities Find Missing Paddleboarder Safe After Search Off Rickenbacker Causeway

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Miami-Dade rescue units, along with several other agencies, were searching for a missing paddleboarder who was reported missing Friday afternoon off the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Two women had been keeping an eye on the paddleboarder, but lost sight of her, authorities said.

Police were called when the owner of a paddle board rental company found the woman's board after it washed ashore.

She had rented the paddle board at around 11:30 a.m. and according to Miami Fire Rescue, may have been a regular at the rental company.

After obtaining a driver's license belonging to the missing woman, authorities were able to get in touch with her and verify her safety.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boats were on scene searching for the missing woman, as were units from Miami-Dade Police, Miami Fire Rescue, City of Miami Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

"At the end of the day, this ended on a positive note and she was found safe and sound and that's the most important thing," said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. "She was probably unaware of the amount of resources that were out here trying to find her."

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