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Coast Guard crew pulls overturned kayaker from Bellingham Bay

A kayaker is transported to shore after being rescued from Bellingham Bay by a USCG Bellingham crew (December 10, 2022). Photo courtesy of USCG

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A US Coast GUARD (USCG) Bellingham crew rescued a 60-year-old kayaker from Bellingham Bay today, Saturday, December 10th.

First responders were dispatched about 11:05am due to the report of a person in the water.

USCG officials said the kayaker was paddling with 2 others near Fairhaven when weather forced group to head to shore. Once ashore, the others noticed the 3rd kayaker was missing. Attempts to call him using radio failed and called 911.

USCG officials said that the kayaker used a hand-held VHF radio to call for help while in the 46-degree water.

The kayaker was brought to the Coast Guard Station to recover and warm up before being transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center by emergency medical services personnel in stable condition.

USCG officials said the kayaker wore a wetsuit, hat, gloves, bright clothing, and life jacket. He also used a hand-held VHF radio with built-in distress signal.

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