Date: July 06, 2012
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
BEAUFORT, N.C. – A 71-year-old male kayaker was found safe after a search by the Coast Guard and the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office Thursday.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft–Shallow Water crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon searched the area along with Carteret County Sheriff units.
A Good Samaritan called the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 12 a.m. Friday, reporting that the man approached his house north of Harker’s Island and requested assistance. A sheriff’s deputy took the man home after he declined medical treatment.
“Had this gentleman had a means to communicate his situation to first responders and to his family, we could have resolved this situation much more quickly,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Christine Lepere, a command center supervisor at Sector North Carolina. “It’s prudent to have a means of communications in case things go wrong as they did in this case.”
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Editors Note: Kayakers and paddleboarders YOU are a vessel. Wear a lifejacket and carry a whistle. File a float plan with someone that will miss you. Expect to be out at night carry required light! You should also have a VHF marine radio. That is the BEST way to contact the Coast Guard in an emergency.
Vessels are not toys and the waters around Southern Maryland should be taken seriously. Boat smart, bpoat safe.)