Coast Guard asks boaters to label, properly secure kayaks, canoes, paddleboards

Coast Guard asks boaters to label, properly secure kayaks, canoes, paddleboards
Through the Operation Paddle Smart Program, the Coast Guard offers a free, weatherproof and reflective, self-adhesive “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered (unregistered) watercraft. BOSTON — The Coast Guard is asking the public to label their kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards with their name and phone number after an influx of cases this summer...

Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers near San Juan Islands

Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers near San Juan Islands
Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo SEATTLE — A Coast Guard Station Bellingham boat crew rescued two kayakers from the water near the San Juan Islands, Saturday evening. The boat crew arrived in their 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, located and recovered the kayakers and then transferred them to a Bellingham Fire and Rescue Boat crew, where an Emergency Medical...

Coast Guard locates missing 13-year old girl on Kruzof Island, Alaska

Coast Guard locates missing 13-year old girl on Kruzof Island, Alaska
A 13-year-old girl and her aunt and uncle are taken back to a cabin on Kruzof Island, Alaska, July 3, 2018, in an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The girl was reported missing in a kayak in Shelikof Bay, last seen wearing a purple, blue and black life jacket, and was later found by the Jayhawk crew in good condition U.S. Coast Guard photo. KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station...

Coast Guard, partner agencies search for missing kayaker on Lake Champlain

Coast Guard, partner agencies search for missing kayaker on Lake Champlain
29-foot Response Boat Small-II File Photo BOSTON — The Coast Guard along with local fire departments are searching for a missing 44-year-old man after his kayak was found unmanned and adrift off Shelburne Point on Lake Champlain Monday. A good Samaritan reported the adrift kayak to Coast Guard watchstanders at around 7:30 p.m. prompting the search. The man was confirmed missing by a separate correlating...

Kayaker survives 17 hours in Long Island Sound

Kayaker survives 17 hours in Long Island Sound
Story and video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Barresi For 12 years, Mike Diaz fished the waters of Long Island Sound from his kayak. He ventured out, escaping the bustle of Long Island to explore and maybe catch a fluke, porgy, striped bass, or sea robin. Throwing on his life jacket was part of his routine. Just as he wouldn’t forget his fishing pole or bait, he never forgot his life jacket. On...

Coast Guard rescues overdue kayaker near Albion Point

Coast Guard rescues overdue kayaker near Albion Point
Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay cliff rescue training file photo by Chief Petty Officer Brandyn Hill MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who was stranded during a fishing trip after his kayak began taking on water through a hole in the hull on the Albion River, Sunday. The kayaker’s wife called Coast Guard Station Noyo River watchstanders around sunset, reporting...

Coast Guard crews locate two men after receiving distress DSC/PLB alerts

Coast Guard crews locate two men after receiving distress DSC/PLB alerts
Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo SAN PEDRO, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter and boat crew located and rescued two men in the vicinity of Anacapa Island, Wednesday evening. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders received a recorded distress digital selective calling alert (DSC) and an alert from a personal locator beacon (PLB) from...

Hope in the harbor – a kayaker’s fight for rescue

Hope in the harbor - a kayaker's fight for rescue
Gary Pierce, a Kayaker from Winthrop, Massachusetts, pauses for a photo after being interviewed about being rescued by the Coast Guard Wednesday, November 29, 2017, in Winthrop Massachusetts.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Andrew Barresi) By Petty Officer Andrew Barresi Pierce desperately dug his paddles into the choppy water. Stroke after stroke, he fought the October wind as the waves battered...

Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Cape May Inlet, NJ

Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Cape May Inlet, NJ
29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard rescued a man after his kayak capsized in the vicinity of Cape May Inlet, New Jersey, Sunday. A commercial fisherman contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s Command Center in Philadelphia, via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 10:57 a.m., and reported seeing a person in the water and a capsized...