Good samaritan helps kite surfer in distress

SEATTLE (CG Public Affairs) – The crew of the fishing vessel Northern Eagle rescued a 42-year old male kite surfer who was in distress in the vicinity of Double Bluff at the north end of Useless Bay, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle received a call from Island County Dispatch that a kite surfer was in distress and in need of assistance. Coast Guard Sector Seattle issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners in the area.

Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to the scene.

Coast Guard Vessel Traffic diverted the fishing vessel Northern Eagle who was in the vicinity of the distressed kite surfer to the scene as well.

Once on scene, the fishing vessel Northern Eagle was able to pull the man out of the water and onto their boat. The man was transferred onto the Island County Fire Boat and was then taken to shore where local emergency medical personnel were waiting to give treatment if necessary.

The man reported lack of wind in the area was the cause for his distress and that he was drifting for over four hours. The man was wearing a helmet and dry suit and refused medical treatment once on shore.

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