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Coast Guard finds missing kayaker off Gloucester

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U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
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Coast Guard finds missing kayaker off Gloucester

This is a photo of a found kayak in Salem Channel, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. Coast Guard Station Gloucester rescue crews got underway in search of a missing kayaker reported earlier that day and were able to locate the man alive less than an hour later wearing a life jacket. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)Through the Operation Paddle Smart Program, the Coast Guard offers owners of kayaks, canoes, standup paddleboards, and other unregistered watercraft a free

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BOSTON — Coast Guard crews helped find a missing person Saturday near House Island. 

A good Samaritan reported seeing an overturned orange kayak near Salem Channel to Sector Boston watchstanders at 2:24 p.m. Shortly after, the wife of the missing kayaker called Sector Boston watchstanders reporting her husband overdue. 

Two rescue boat crews from Station Gloucester and crews from the Salem and Beverly Harbormasters launched. When they arrived on scene, the kayak held a dry bag containing a set of keys and a t-shirt.

After searching for about an hour, the Beverly Harbormaster rescue crew found the kayaker wearing a life jacket. He floated in four-foot seas for about three hours.

“A life jacket really saved this man’s life,” said Ensign Isabella Stoyka, the duty public affairs officer for Sector Boston. “If his kayak was labeled, we may have found him sooner.”

The water temperature was 66 degrees and winds were about 20 knots.

His kayak was not labeled.

If you are going out on your kayak, the Coast Guard recommends you check the weather, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, wear a lifejacket, have a sound-making device, and label you’re kayak. If you are paddling at night, make sure you have a light. 

For more information regarding the rescue of the missing kayaker, please contact the Beverly Harbormaster’s office at 978-921-6059.


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