Coast Guard rescues kayaker near Cat Island, Miss.

NEW ORLEANS -  A  Coast Guard Station Gulfport, Miss. boatcrew rescues a kayaker four miles south of Cat Island, May 15, 2011. The kayaker contacted the Coast Guard via VHF radio after his kayak overturned. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Oyler.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jason Oyler

NEW ORLEANS -The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker after his kayak overturned approximately four miles south of Cat Island, Miss., Sunday.

Rescued was Rob Hackleman from Pensacola, Fla.

At 4 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call via VHF radio from a kayaker, reporting that his kayak overturned.

A Coast Guard MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans and a 24-foot response boat small and crew from Coast Guard Station Gulfport, Miss., were launched. The boat crew successfully located and rescued the man and brought him to the station.

Hackleman was wearing a life jacket and reported no injuries or medical concerns.

“Emergencies come without warning,” said Lt. Rebecca Fosha, an MH-65C rescue helicopter pilot. “The Coast Guard recommends properly wearing a life jacket at all times while on the water as this can help increase your chances of survival during an unforeseen incident.”


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