Va. Marine Police, Coast Guard rescue 49-year-old kayaker near Kiptopeke Beach

Coast Guard District 5 NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — A 49-year-old man from Ambler, Pa., was rescued early Friday morning near Kiptopeke through a coordinated effort by the Virginia Marine Police and the Coast Guard.

The man, who had been kayaking along the Eastern Shore, called 911 around midnight reporting that his kayak had capsized east of Kiptopeke.

The 911 call was transferred to the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders, who dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles along with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Two Virginia Marine Police boatcrews also launched to search for the missing man.

While fishing, a good Samaritan heard shouts from a man in the marsh and notified the Virginia Marine Police boatcrew, who then retrieved the man from the marsh and took him to a boat ramp where he was picked up by the Jayhawk crew. The Jayhawk aircrew transported the man to Norfolk Sentara Hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia.

“The man was wearing a life jacket in this case, which bought precious time in the cold water for responders to get to him,” said Lt. Jack Smith, a public affairs officer at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “This probably saved his life.”

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