Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Bellingham

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard rescued a 39-year old male kayaker in Bellingham Bay near the Fairhaven Marina, Bellingham, Wash., Friday.

Coast Guard Group Port Angeles, Wash., received a call at 12:35 p.m. from a Good Samaritan on shore reporting a person in distress in the water.

Immediately after the initial call, Group Port Angeles received a second call via VHF radio from a man stating his friend Jeffery Hilburn had fallen from his kayak and was in need of assistance.

Coast Guard Station Bellingham, Wash., launched a 33-foot response boat crew to.

The Coast Guard arrived on scene at 12:55 p.m. and pulled Hilburn from the water while his friend was able to kayak safely to shore.

Hilburn was taken to the Fairhaven Marina where local emergency medical personnel were wait ing to treat him for possible hypothermia.

Both men were wearing lifejackets but Hilburn was not wearing a drysuit.

No injuries were reported.

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