Coast Guard assists kayaker near Port Austin, MI

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Mich., assisted a 53-year-old male kayaker near Port Austin, Mich., Wednesday evening.

Huron County dispatchers notified a boatcrew from Station Harbor Beach, which was already underway, of a kayaker having difficulty making it back to shore at about 5:30 p.m., via VHF-FM radio.

The boatcrew, aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water, found the man in waist-deep water attempting to walk his kayak back to shore. He was wearing a life jacket.

The boatcrew transported the man and his kayak back to Port Austin Marina in good condition.

Paddlers are encouraged to invest in a waterproof, hand-held VHF-FM marine radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities compared to cell phones. When a mayday is sent out via VHF-FM radio, it is a broadcast and not just a one-to-one communication; any nearby boaters can hear the distress call and offer immediate assistance.

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