Coast Guard Station Bayfield rescues 2 kayakers from Lake Superior

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.— The Coast Guard rescued two kayakers from Chequamegon Bay in western Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wis., Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., CST, a search-and-rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., received a report, from the Bayfield 911 dispatch, of two missing kayakers in Chequamegon Bay. The kayakers were part of a group of three who had become separated when severe thunderstorms moved through the area during the afternoon. One kayaker made it to shore on the west side of the bay and reported the incident to local authorities. The safe kayaker did not know the location of his fellow kayakers.

Upon receiving the report of the two missing kayakers, the search-and-rescue coordinator issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Bayfield aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.

Almost immediately upon arriving on scene at 3:35 p.m., the rescue boatcrew located both of the missing kayakers, both of which were wearing life jackets, in the water next to their capsized kayaks. Both kayakers in the water were recovered by the Station Bayfield boatcrew.

The kayakers were transferred to local emergency medical services, who were already waiting on shore. Local EMS transported the rescued kayakers to Ashland Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment.

“The boatcrew located the missing kayakers quickly and flawlessly coordinated with local EMS to get the kayakers to advanced medical care as quickly as possible,” said Lt. j.g. Derek Puzzuoli, public affairs officer at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. “If it had not been for the swift response by the Coast Guard, this situation could have become extremely dangerous due to the severe weather in the area as well as the cold water.”

The conditions of the rescued people are unknown at this time.

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