Support encourages searchers
By Staff, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 24, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The fourth day searching for a firefighter reported missing June 21 will continue until sundown June 24 and resume at 9 a.m. June 25.
Sean Fleming, a Vandenberg AFB firefighter, was last seen kayaking off the Santa Barbara County coast June 19. So far search teams have found Fleming's kayak and backpack.
The incident commander met with Fleming's family today briefing them on the search and recovery effort and giving them a situational update on the ongoing search. The family also spent time thanking volunteers, firefighters and support personnel for their efforts to find Sean.
"We are going to continue to search for Sean tomorrow. It's an important search-it's a search for closure," said Daniel Ardoin, Vandenberg Fire Department division chief. "Tomorrow the search will continue and we'll further assess to determine the way ahead. We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the base, local communities, local agencies and our partnership with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The amazing support brings encouragement during this difficult time."
More information will be released as it becomes available.