WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker Saturday after his kayak capsized near Oak Island.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from the distressed 38-year-old Monroe man via his handheld VHF-marine radio at about 9:38 a.m., stating the man was fishing when his kayak overturned near Yaupon reef approximately 1.5 miles south of Caswell Beach.
Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and notified watchstanders at Station Oak Island.
A 29-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) crew launched from Coast Guard Station Oak Island at about 9:50 a.m. The crew arrived on scene at approximately 10:02 a.m., pulled the man from the water and brought his kayak aboard. The crew brought the man to Station Oak Island where he was placed in the care of awaiting Brunswick County EMS personnel.
“Today’s rescue involved active duty and reserve members of Coast Guard Station Oak Island working together,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class John Patrone, RBS operator for the case. “It felt great to help save a life after putting in long hours of training. The kayaker was prepared for a situation like this by having a radio, and he was wearing a life jacket. He also stayed with his vessel, making it easier for us to find him.”