Coast Guard rescues overturned kayaker near entrance of Delaware Bay

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker Sunday whose kayak overturned sending him into the water near the entrance of the Delaware Bay.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May responded to the call and transferred the 65-year-old man, who was wearing his life jacket, to awaiting EMS personnel ashore at Station Cape May.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial notification from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry captain. The kayaker is reported to have been in the water from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He was treated for mild hypothermia.

“Luckily he was wearing his life jacket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Herman Kaiser, a Station Cape May crewmember and coxswain on the case. “That’s probably what saved his life.”

Station Cape May is a multi-mission unit that conducts search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and ports, waterways and coastal security missions in the Delaware Bay, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.

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