Two kayakers saved near Boston Light

BOSTON – Coast Guard rescue crews plucked two kayakers from the water today, after their kayaks overturned near Boston Light.

The kayakers used a cell phone to call 911 for help, after entering the water around 3:45 p.m.

Coast Guard Station Point Allerton launched a 41-foot boat crew and a 25-foot boat crew and found the pair, wearing life jackets and dry suits, clinging to a bouy about half a mile southeast of Georges Island.

Both kayakers showed symptoms of hypothermia and were transported to Pemberton Pier, where paramedics were standing by to take them to South Shore Hospital for further treatment.

At the time of the rescue the water temperature was around 52 degrees Fahrenheit, with winds around 12 miles per hour, and seas around three feet.

“This is a prime example of how wearing a life jacket and foul weather gear, such as a dry suit, can help protect you against the elements and ultimately save your life,” said Lt. John Kousch, chief of Sector Boston’s command center.

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