Coast Guard, Bainbridge Island Police respond to overturned kayak

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and Bainbridge Island Police Department rescued two people from an overturned kayak near Bremerton, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle received word of an overturned boat at 10:40 a.m. An MH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., was diverted to the scene.

A Bainbridge Island Police boat crew and the helicopter crew arrived at the site of the kayak within 10 minutes and found a woman clinging to the side of a kayak as a man, in his own kayak, kept the overturned craft from drifting away. The two were helped into the police boat and taken to shore before the helicopter crew returned to its patrol.

The cause of the kayak overturning is unknown and no injuries were reported.

Due to cold water conditions, boaters are reminded to take precautions before getting onto the water. Cold Water Sudden Immersion is a proven deadly killer and even strong swimmers can be quickly overcome. Local rivers streams and ponds are still under the effects of melting snow and despite warmer weather, temperatures in the water can still be extremely cold. The only thing that can give a person their best chance of surviving sudden cold water immersion is a lifejacket. Lifejackets save lives!

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