CG helicopter rescues kayaker

A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City rescued a male kayaker stranded on South Manitou Island on Saturday evening.
Tribune Staff
Feb 6, 2012


The man’s name and age are not being released.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, based in Milwaukee, received notification of the stranded kayaker at about 5 p.m. Saturday from Coast Guard Station Frankfort. Watchstanders at Station Frankfort were notified by Sleeping Bear Dunes State Park dispatch.

The aircrew, aboard an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter, transported the man back to Air Station Traverse City, where they were met by waiting emergency medical services. He was released in good condition.

The Coast Guard is working with the individual to coordinate recovery of the kayak.

Paddlers are encouraged to invest in a waterproof hand-held VHF-FM marine radio as their primary means of distress alerting on the water. Communication via VHF-FM radio provides superior alerting capabilities compared to cell phones.


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