Kayaker Rescued After Multi-Agency Search Near Guilford

NEW YORK-A kayaker was found clinging to a buoy after his vessel capsized near Guilford, Conn. at about 5:15 p.m. today.

A Madison Fire Department marine unit found the man clinging to the number 16 buoy near Faulkner’s Island and waving a white flag to signal for help.

The distressed kayaker called Guildford emergency services from his cell phone reporting that his kayak had overturned near Jacob’s Beach just before 4 p.m.

Rescue units from Coast Guard Station New Haven, Guilford Police and Fire Departments, and Branford and Madison Fire Departments conducted a search between Faulkner’s Island and Jacob’s Beach for the kayaker.

The Madison Fire Department rescue crew transported the man and the kayak back to shore.

“The Coast Guard urges all kayakers to always go with a buddy,” said Lt. j.g. Stephanie Pitts, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer. “Wearing a life jacket, carrying a signaling device and filing a float plan with someone on shore can greatly increase your chances of survival should something go wrong.”

The kayaker was wearing a life jacket.

There were no reported injuries.

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