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TAMPA (CBS4) — Authorities say a boater last seen in an inflatable kayak in Tampa Bay has been found clinging to a manatee sign.

Tonya Lee Collins was reported missing by her husband on Friday evening. Coast Guard and Tampa police marine units searched the waters and located her boat south of the Howard Franklin Bridge.

Collins was not inside the vessel.

Several hours later a Fish and Wildlife rescue boat located her 400 yards offshore hanging on to a manatee sign.

Tampa police say she was not injured and refused medical attention.

No further details were immediately available.

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