Coast Guard rescues stranded kayaker beset by weather

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a stranded kayaker unable to make way against the intense winds in South Bay near Port Isabel, Texas, Wednesday.

At approximately 1:40 p.m., a distressed kayaker called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island requesting assistance. The man reported that he was unable to keep up with the heavy weather and was stranded approximately 1 mile on land inside of South Bay.

Due to the shallow water depths of the kayaker’s location, Station South Padre was unable to reach the man with a small boat. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department launched to assist, but were also unable to reach the man. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi then launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

The helicopter crew located the kayaker and lowered the rescue swimmer to the marsh to assess the situation. The distressed kayaker was hoisted by the aircrew and transported to the Coast Guard station where he was met by his wife and is in good condition.

“Heavy weather adds a level of difficulty, but our aircrews train for these types of scenarios regularly,” said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the search and rescue mission coordinator for Sector Corpus Christi. “Fortunately, with the combined effort of all assets, the Coast Guard was able to ensure a life was able to remain safe.”

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