Coast Guard rescues 3 kayakers near Southport, NC

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water after their kayak overturned near Southport, North Carolina, Saturday.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, North Carolina, notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington at 6:15 p.m. that they had found three people in the water near a submerged kayak in the Intracoastal Waterway, near Howells Point, North Carolina.

All three people were wearing life jackets.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued a safety marine information broadcast at 6:16 p.m. notifying mariners of the submerged kayak.

The RB-S crew pulled the three people from the water and transported them back to their nearby dock.

“These three people made a great decision when they chose to wear life jackets while kayaking today,” said Petty Officer 1st Michael Pate, coxswain for the case. “Life jackets aren’t just for mariners – they are for everyone enjoying activities on the water, and they make a big difference when something unexpected happens.”

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