Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue 2 kayakers off Currituck Beach, NC

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Multiple worked together to rescue two kayakers whose vessels capsized about one half mile off Currituck Beach, North Carolina, April 6, 2017.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s Command Center in Wilmington were notified by Currituck County Police Department that two people were in the water after their kayaks capsized, at 11:26 a.m.

Coast Guard watchstanders diverted an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene, where they quickly spotted two people clinging to their capsized kayaks.

The Coast Guard aircrew directed members of Corolla Beach Ocean Rescue on jet skis to the kayakers, who were able to safely remove both people from the water and transport them to the Whalehead Club in Corolla.

There were no reported injuries

“Time is always a factor in rescues, especially in rough conditions,” said Lt. j.g. Tyler Pfenninger, incident management division officer. “This rescue is a shinning example showcasing the importance of strong partnerships throughout government organizations.”

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