2 kayakers rescued by Coast Guard near Gandy Bridge

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Two male kayakers were rescued by Coast Guard crewmembers after being stranded underneath the Gandy Bridge, here, Thursday.

Tampa Police Department dispatch contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at 1:50 a.m., regarding two kayakers who became stranded on a platform underneath the Gandy Bridge while fishing. Their main paddle drifted away during the climb to the platform.

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg was launched at 1:07 a.m., and arrived on scene at 1:24 a.m.

The crewmembers transferred the two kayakers and their kayak to the Gandy Boat Ramp where family was waiting.

No injuries were reported.

“These kayakers were fortunate that they had the light from the bridge and a cell phone to call for help,” said Kevin Coyne, an operations controller at the sector. “Whether you’re on a boat or a kayak, it’s always important to prepare for any situation by having the proper emergency equipment.”

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

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