Coast Guard News
5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
Date: July 06, 2012
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
Kayaker located after search by Coast Guard, Carteret County Sheriff's Office
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 kayak to Harker Island, was reported overdue to Coast Guard Sector North Carolina 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 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."
The Coast Guard recommends that boaters using kayaks and canoes make it a regular practice to carry a handheld VHF-FM radio or cell phone when on the water.
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