Coast Guard helps overturned kayaker off Colington Harbour

By on October 10, 2017

A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet assisted a kayaker who overturned and had broken his paddle off Colington Harbour Friday evening.

An already-underway Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew heard a mayday call on VHF channel 16 at about 5:10 p.m.

The crew responded to the eastern end of the Albemarle Sound where they sighted the man, who was wearing a life jacket, and was clinging to the kayak.

“Handheld radios and life jackets are important pieces of equipment for boaters and kayakers alike,” said Petty Officer First Class Michelle Downing, operations unit controller for the case.

“This kayaker chose to equip himself fully before heading out on the water, and as a result, he was able to get help right when he needed it,” Downing said.

The Coast Guard crew transported the man and his kayak back to shore.




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  • Bud

    Kayaks are self-bailing and are very easy to right once flipped. The paddle is double ended so you basically have two paddles. If broken, there is still one paddle which is efficient enough to easily paddle a kayak.

    Wednesday, Oct 18 @ 7:29 am