Coast Guard assists YMCA kayakers near San Juan Islands

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

Coast Guard Station Bellingham 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

SEATTLE— The Coast Guard assisted 11 kayakers from the YMCA Camp Orkila near the San Juan Islands Tuesday night.

A 45-Foot Response Boata-Medium crew, from Coast Guard Station Bellingham pulled in the stranded group of camp counselors and transferred them back to a boat from the YMCA camp.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles was also on-scene. The kayakers took refuge in a cove at Little Sister Island when they were beset by weather with 15 knots winds and a small craft advisory.

The Coast Guard was notified at 4:56 p.m. and diverted the crews from a patrol.

The Coast Guard reminds the public to stay alert of their surroundings and pay attention to the weather and tides when venturing out on ocean trips.

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