In Florida, United States
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Small cache with a screw on lid. Given to me by Clan Riffster. It's tethered in a high spot to keep it out of floods. You will need some sort of boat. The best place to put your kayak or canoe in is near this cache: GCTDFD
About a week ago I picked a spot out on Lake Jesup that I wanted to explore in the kayaks. I've been over the bridge many times but had never been out on the lake. I put the word out on Facebook with the coordinates. Today I was joined by Clan Riffster, war1man, and Stray Goose.
A couple of days after putting the word out an 11 year old girl named Nadia Bloom disappeared from her house. It's a short distance from here on the other side of a very swampy reserve. Friday was when the search began. Today was Tuesday. Four days since she was last seen. We did our whole paddle to the sound of helicopters that were searching for her. After hiding the cache I got a call from my wife that they found her stuck in mud in a very swampy area and she was OK. Goose bumps. We were all very glad to hear it. Probably none of us more than Sean who participated in the search.
Police search crews were searching every square foot of the area but had not yet reached the area where she was found. No would have thought she could get that far. There were a lot more unofficial searchers. Everyone wanted to help.
A member of her church, James King decided to go into the woods and look.
He called out, "Nadia"!
And she said, "What?"
King, 44, of Orlando, called 911 from his BlackBerry about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. King and Nadia knew each other from church, he told the dispatcher. At the dispatcher's request, he handed the phone to the fifth-grader.
"Hi, this is Nadia. And I'm the girl who got lost," she said.
"Nadia, are you OK? You're not hurt in any way?" the dispatcher replied.
"No. What's your name?" she asked.
As King and dispatchers tried to figure out how to get them out of the swamp, King fed the hungry and thirsty girl.
"An apple?" he offered.
"Sure an apple! I'd love an apple," Nadia said.
She cheered when King said he had chocolate milk, and said she had faith she would be found.
"I kept saying over and over to myself that God would probably lead me home,"
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 4/8/2013 2:53:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:53 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum