Coast Guard rescues kayaker off Cape Charles


PORTSMOUTH, Va.  (WAVY) — The Coast Guard rescued a man Thursday morning after his inflatable kayak capsized north of Kiptopeke State Park.

The Accomack County Police Department contacted the Sector Hampton Roads command center at 7:28 a.m., notifying them that a Good Samaritan reported seeing a person in the water holding onto something.

A response crew from Station Cape Charles was sent out to assist. Once on scene, the Coast Guard says their crew safely removed the man from the water. He was wearing a life jacket and cold-water clothing.

The Coast Guard transported the man to Station Cape Charles to meet EMS.

“It’s great to see people wearing their life jackets and dressing for the water temperatures,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Sector Hampton Roads commander via press release. “The man’s life jacket and cold-water gear could have been the difference between life and death in this case. We would also like to applaud the good Samaritan whose alertness and actions brought attention to the distress and helped facilitate a successful rescue.”

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