Coast Guard rescues kayaker

BOSTON — A Station Point Allerton, Mass. 41-foot utility boat rescued a man who fell off a kayak near Natasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Sunday, 6:15 a.m.

A concerned friend called the station at 3:30 a.m. reporting his buddy took a kayak out at 11:30 p.m. Saturday but did not return.

The station launched the 41-foot utility boat at 4 a.m. while personnel from the station and the Hull Fire Dept. searched the beach from land.

The missing man called out to the search party on the beach from aboard a moored boat he swam to after falling off the kayak.

The beach search party directed the Coast Guard boat crew to the man’s location, where he was rescued and transported to shore where a waiting ambulance took him to South Shore Hospital.

Winds were 20-knots, seas 2-to-4 feet, and the water was 59 degrees Fahrenheit.

The man was not wearing a life jacket and was very cold and shivering when he was rescued. He was treated for hypothermia by the boat crew while he was transported to shore.

The Cohasset, Mass. Harbor Master and Hull Police Dept. also assisted in the search.

“The man was lucky to have fallen out of the kayak near where the boat was moored up so he could get himself out of the cold water,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Fahey at Station Point Allerton. “We are glad we rescued this man, but we don’t advise people to go out in kayaks in bad weather because they can tip over very easily.”

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