Coast Guard rescues adrift kiteboarder in Lake Huron

Coast Guard District 9 NewsCLEVELAND — A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Tawas, Mich., rescued a kiteboarder after his lines became tangled, rendering the kite unusable, about three miles north of Tawas Point in Lake Huron Saturday afternoon.

Good Samaritans on the beach reported the incident when they noticed the 23-year-old Commerce Township, Mich., man appeared to be struggling with his kite.

A boatcrew from Station Tawas immediately launched aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and arrived on scene with the kiteboarder at 4:17 p.m. The man was reportedly wearing a wetsuit but did not have a lifejacket on and was not carrying any form of communication.

The boatcrew brought the man and his kiteboard aboard the RB-S and took him to Station Tawas, where emergency medical technicians were waiting. The boatcrew reported he was showing signs of mild hypothermia. EMTs evaluated and released the man.

The Coast Guard recommends that anyone who recreates on the water always wear a lifejacket and carry a VHF-FM marine radio to alert responders if a distress situation arises.

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