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News Release
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.

The man, who intended to to Harker Island, was reported overdue to Coast Guard watchstanders by family members at approximately 9 p.m. when he did not return at dark.

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 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 . “It’s prudent to have a means of communications in case things go wrong as they did in this case.”

The Coast Guard recommends that boaters using kayaks and canoes make it a regular practice to carry a handheld VHF- or cell phone when on the water.

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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.

We suggest new jayakers join a club and develop safe habits by observing other members. The has a group and there is also the .

Vessels are not toys and the waters around Southern should be taken seriously. Boat smart, bpoat safe.)

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