A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a kayaker capsized near the Grays Harbor entrance Sunday afternoon near Ocean Shores, Washington.
The helicopter crew hoisted the kayaker and transported him to the helicopter pad at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, where he was checked out by emergency medical services. He was treated for symptoms related to hypothermia and released.
The call was received from Pacific County Dispatch at 2:10 p.m., requesting assistance in rescuing a reported capsized kayaker near the entrance to Grays Harbor. The Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted from training, and 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Grays Harbor was launched due to the foggy conditions with visibility only 200 yards offshore. The kayaker was spotted by searchers at 2:45 p.m., and a rescue swimmer was lowered down to pull the man from the water at 2:53 p.m.
The man was dropped off to EMS at 3:10 p.m. The 47-foot MLB crew recovered the kayak.
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