Coast Guard medevacs injured kayaker – Video

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Air Station San Francisco medically evacuated a man suffering from stomach pain and dehydration along the shoreline of Tomales Bay, Calif., Monday, December 2, 2013.

The Coast Guard received a call from one of four kayakers at approximately 11:30 a.m., requesting medical assistance for the ailing 24-year-old man.

The rescue crew hoisted the man from the kayak and flew him to nearby Miller Park Boat Launch where he was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel. His current condition is unknown.

Please consider these kayaking safety tips before leaving the dock:

  • Wear a life jacket. The U.S. Coast Guard advises everyone to wear a life jacket.
  • Take a VHF-FM Marine radio. Cell phones often lose signal and run out of power after a day on the water. They are helpful, but not reliable for emergencies.
  • File a float plan. There are too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and conveyed in an emergency situation. Without a float plan, kayakers are counting on someone else — a friend, neighbor or family member — to remember detailed information that rescue personnel need in order to find you. For more information, visit. www.floatplancentral.org
  • Check the weather before going out on the water.  Know what to expect and be prepared for weather that may deteriorate unexpectedly.  Check the weather report at www.weather.gov

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