Coast Guard hoists distressed kayaker near Cascade Head, Oregon

NEWPORT, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport rescued a male kayaker in the Pacific Ocean near Cascade Head, Oregon, Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard aircrew was conducting a harbor patrol at 11:45 a.m., when they saw two kayakers, one capsized and in the water, struggling to regain control of his paddlecraft.

Both kayakers were wearing survival gear, including dry suits, life jackets and survival vests. The Coast Guard rescue swimmer entered the water and the aircrew was able to safely hoist the man aboard. The rescue swimmer remained on scene with the second kayaker while the aircrew transported the man to Pacific City, Oregon, in good condition.

“Both of these men were excellently prepared for the environment,” said Lt. j.g. Jaesse Cremeans, co-pilot of the MH-65 dolphin helicopter. “The air temperatures may get warm but people really get into trouble when they get wet and don’t have the proper equipment.”

The aircrew returned and safely hoisted the rescue swimmer aboard the aircraft and ensured the second kayaker was safely able to paddle to the mouth of the Salmon River.

Paddle sports continue to be one of the fastest growing segments of recreational boating activities, and can present unique dangers to mariners, including exposure to the elements. Paddle enthusiasts are encouraged to always wear a buoyant life jacket, and dress appropriately for the water temperature, not the air temperature.

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