Coast Guard and Bainbridge Island Fire and Rescue Team rescue two people near Manchester, Wash.

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — The Coast Guard and Bainbridge Island Fire and Rescue Team came to the aid of two kayakers in distress approximately half mile east of Manchester, Wash., Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call reporting two people in the water waving their arms and screaming for help at approximately 6:20 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound launched 45-foot response boat from Station Seattle.

A Bainbridge Island Fire and Rescue boat arrived on scene first and recovered the two people from the 47-degree water.

The 45-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 p.m., transferred both survivors aboard and transported them to awaiting EMS in Manchester.

Both survivors were wearing a life jacket.

“This is an example of why it is so important to boat safely,” said Lt. Walter Daniel, Public Affairs Officer at Coast Guard Joint Harbor Operations Center in Seattle. “Life jackets most likely saved these people today. As the air temperature goes up this time of year, people tend to forget the water is still very cold. The Coast Guard cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a life jacket.”

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