Coast Guard Locates Body of Missing Kayaker

Great Lakes, Ill. – Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan located the deceased body of a missing female kayaker today along the shore in Lake Bluff, a few miles south of the Great Lakes Naval Training Facility.

The kayak and a floating lifejacket were also recovered as a part of the search and rescue effort that consisted of two Coast Guard boats from Kenosha, Wis.and Wilmette Harbor, Ill. as well as a rescue helicopter from Waukegan, Ill. Recovery efforts were coordinated with the Lake Bluff Police and Fire Departments.

As kayaking and canoeing continue to rise in popularity among outdoor enthusiasts, particular attention should be given to precautionary measures that need to be taken with these types of water activities. Personal flotation devices such as lifejackets should always be worn properly at all times, and float or trip plans should be given to local marinas, family members, or friends.

In addition to lifejackets, appropriate clothing and/or foul weather gear should be utilized, especially during the early months of the summer when the water temperatures remain in the low fifties. In those conditions with the wrong type of clothing or protection, survival times can be limited to 2-6 hours.

The Coast Guard is committed to ensuing that the waters of Lake Michigan remain safe and enjoyable for all to use. Please visit the USCG Boating Safety website at http://www.uscgboating.org/ for additional information concerning safety equipment and safe boating practices.

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