An Arizona couple who went missing while kayaking in Mexico on Thanksgiving is being searched for, authorities said.
Corey Allen and his wife Yeon-Su Kim of Flagstaff were kayaking with their teenage daughter around 1 p.m. Thursday in Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point, Mexico, when the winds began to pick up, family and friends said. Allen helped his daughter get back to shore and it is believed that he returned for Kim before the couple disappeared.
Authorities in Mexico tweeted that two Americans are being sought, along with a photo of the couple.
“Civil Protection of Sonora maintains coordination with the Secretary of the Navy and municipal authorities in the search for two people of American origin who disappeared in Puerto Peñasco after a kayak trip,” the publication reads.
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“The search will be reinforced with reconnaissance flights from the Navy and by land from the Ministry of Public Security and municipal authorities of Puerto Peñasco,” the agency wrote in a follow-up tweet.
Flagstaff police told FOX10 Phoenix that they are aware of the reports of the missing couple, but had no direct information about the search.
Shelly Thomas, a close friend of the couple, told the station that Allen and Kim are “amazing friends and wonderful parents” who are an important part of the Flagstaff community.
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“We are praying that they are found alive and can be returned to their children who love and depend on them,” Thomas said.
Allen is a real estate agent and Kim is a professor of forestry at Northern Arizona University, according to AZ Family. The couple reportedly have two teenage children.
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Rocky Point is a popular vacation spot for Arizonans and is about a four-hour drive from Phoenix.