July 1, 2017

Coast Guard rescues 1 kayaker in Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard rescued one kayaker in Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, Saturday.

Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a 911 call at about 5:30 p.m. stating that an adult male overturned his kayak and was in distress approximately 300 yards off Oregon Inlet Campground.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched from Station Oregon Inlet at 6:00 p.m. The crew arrived on scene at 6:12 p.m. and rescued the kayaker from the water. The RB-M crew then transported him to a waiting EMS team at Station Oregon Inlet by 6:40 p.m.

The man’s 10-foot, sit-on-top, single, red and orange kayak is still adrift.

“This man made the critical decision to wear a life jacket while kayaking in the ocean,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Stanton, operational unit controller for the case. “That decision may have saved his life this evening.”

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