Coast Guard rescues kayaker from South Manitou Island, Mich.

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., rescued a male kayaker, who was stranded on South Manitou Island, Mich., Saturday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee, received notification of the stranded kayaker at about 4 p.m., CDT Saturday from Coast Guard Station Franfront, Mich. Watchstanders at Station Frankfort were notified by Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park dispatch.

The aircrew, aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, transported the man back to Air Station Traverse City, where they were met by waiting emergency medical services. He was released in good condition.

The Coast Guard is working with the individual to coordinate recovery of the kayak.

Paddlers are encouraged to invest in a waterproof, hand-held VHF-FM marine radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities compared to cell phones. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio, it is a broadcast and not just a one-to-one communication; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

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  1. john ahrens says:

    I was stationed on South Manitou in 1953. Its noplace to be in the winter.