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The search continued June 23 for a Vandenberg AFB firefighter who was reported missing June 21.

Sean Fleming was last seen kayaking off the Santa Barbara County coast June 19. So far search teams have found his kayak and backpack.

Vandenberg AFB assumed operational control of the search at 6 p.m. June 22 and is working in conjunction with Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, which has jurisdictional control. Resources include the Vandenberg Hot Shots units conducting ground searches, water rescue teams conducting coastline searches, and off duty firefighters from Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Lompoc, San Lois Obispo and Carpentaria/Summerland. Furthermore, Civil Air Patrol and Santa Barbara County helicopters conducted open ocean searches.

The incident commander will assess the situation on a daily basis. Searches will continue until sundown and resume the morning of June 24.

More information will be released as it becomes available.