Coast Guard, CBP rescue 2 near Bellingham, Wash.

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SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel rescued two men after their canoe overturned in Portage Channel near Lummi Island, Washington, Saturday morning.

A good Samaritan on shore contacted the Coast Guard at 10:50 a.m., saying that he saw the two men in the water.

Neither man, one age 15 and one in his early twenties, was wearing a lifejacket. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, issued an urgent marine information broadcast and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Washington, launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

A CBP helicopter crew was in the area and responded to the UMIB. The aircrew was able to locate the two people in the water and direct the boatcrew to their location. The boatcrew safely transported the two men to Station Bellingham, where they were met by EMS and treated for signs of mild hypothermia.

Paddle sports continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of recreational boating activities, and can present unique dangers to mariners, including exposure to the elements. Paddle enthusiasts are encouraged to always wear a buoyant life jacket, and dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air temperature.



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