Coast Guard assists kayaker in distress

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A Coast Guard crew assisted a kayaker in distress, Thursday, near Deer Island, Mass.

The kayaker issued a Mayday call using his hand-held VHF-FM radio at approximately 11:28 a.m., after his kayak flipped over and he became exhausted about a quarter-mile off Deer Island.

A Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team from Boston was conducting training in the area and arrived on scene at 11:30a.m. The crew pulled the uninjured kayaker aboard the 25-foot Response Boat-Small and assisted him back to his kayak. He was back on Deer Island at 11:34 a.m.

The kayaker was wearing a wetsuit, lifejacket and had a hand-held VHF radio.

“Having all the right gear probably saved his life,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thorn, the operational unit controller at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston. “With National Safe Boating Week kicking off this weekend, this is a reminder to the boating community that lifejackets and safe boating practices save lives.”

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