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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Vandenberg Fire Department, local communities, local agencies and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department are currently searching for a missing Vandenberg firefighter after he failed to show for work Monday, June 21, after kayaking this past weekend off the Santa Barbara County coast. Sean Fleming, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, was last seen June 19 kayaking at Gaviota State Beach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The Vandenberg Fire Department, local communities, local agencies and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department are currently searching for a missing Vandenberg firefighter after he failed to show for work Monday, June 21, after kayaking this past weekend off the Santa Barbara County coast. Sean Fleming, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, was last seen June 19 kayaking at Gaviota State Beach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bryan Boyette)

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.