Coast Guard rescues 3 kayakers near Cypress Island, Washington

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SEATTLE — A Coast Guard crew rescues three kayakers in Rosario Strait, near Cypress Island, Washington, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Station Bellingham crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small after receiving a report about the kayakers in distress from the crew of the tug Seaspan King at 5 p.m.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene with two male kayakers, one who had reportedly capsized and was in the water and one who was still in a kayak. The RB-S crew was able to safely transfer the two men aboard the small boat. Meanwhile, a female kayaker was able to safely paddle to Strawberry Island.

The RB-S crew, knowing the woman kayaker was safely ashore, quickly departed to Anacortes where they transferred the two men to awaiting emergency medical crews. The man who was in the water was reportedly suffering from signs of hypothermia, there were no know injuries for the second kayaker.

Once the two men were safely transferred to EMS, the RB-S crew returned to Strawberry Island where they were able to safely retrieve the stranded woman and transport her to Anacortes. She had no reported injuries.

“Without the crew of the Seaspan King calling for help, and directing our rescue crew to the kayakers, this rescue could have turned out much differently,” said Jeff Gearhart, a Sector Puget Sound watchstander. “The coastal marine environment can be extremely challenging, with changes occurring suddenly. We encourage all mariners, whether on a ship or in a kayak, to be prepared for any situation. In this case, their traveling together and wearing lifejackets were factors in ensuring their safety and rescue.”

The kayakers reported that they experienced a current change, which led to one capsizing and needing help from the other kayaker. All three kayakers were wearing lifejackets.

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