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A Coast Guard AirSta Miami MH-65 aircrew rescue kayaker near Key Largo

A Coast Guard AirSta Miami MH-65 aircrew rescue kayaker near Key Largo
Archive image: Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Evans, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue swimmer, and Jim Cantore, Weather Channel storm tracker, are hoisted by a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter east of Miami Beach on June 6, 2017.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric D. Woodall.

KEY WEST,​ Fla. — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue one person from the​ water near Key Largo after his kayak capsized Tuesday.

Rescued was: C.H., male, 34-years-old.

Sector Key West Command Center watchstanders received a phone call stating a kayaker in the vicinity of Key Largo was in distress after his kayak capsized.

The watchstanders​ directed the launch of​ a Coast Guard Station Islamorada 33-foot boat crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew​ to assist the kayaker. Once on scene, the MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) rescue aircrew hoisted the man and safely transferred him to shore with no health concerns reported.

«Thankfully, the kayaker was able to make a call out for help,» said Chief Warrant Officer Scott Goss, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Islamorada. «Not only should emergency communication devices be equipped on your paddle craft or vessels, but the Coast Guard highly recommends that your paddle craft have a vessel identification sticker filled out as well. This will allow us to assist you in times of emergencies.»​

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 helicopter crew rescues a 34-year old male after his Kayak capsized near Key Largo, Florida, Apr. 20, 2021. Chris Hogan, the kayaker in distress was safely transferred ashore with no safety issues.
U.S. Coast Guard video.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters and kayakers of the importance of carrying life-saving emergency distress equipment. While many boaters rely on cell phones for emergency communications on the water, personal locator beacons are much more reliable in the marine environment. The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners equip their boats with Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) and/or their life jackets with Personal Locator Beacons.

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