COAST GUARD RESCUES TWO KAYAKERS
Press ReleaseDate: June 4, 2006Contact: PA3 Lauren Downs
(617) 823-4207COAST GUARD RESCUES TWO KAYAKERSBOSTON - A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, HH-60 helicopter crew rescued two kayakers from the waters south of Plum Island about 1:30 p.m. today.Keith Attenborugh of Marlboro, Mass., contacted the Coast Guard about 11 a.m. via VHF channel 16 on a hand-held radio, stating that he and John Raleigh of Newburyport, Mass., were in separate kayaks when they got caught in a rip current, which caused their kayaks to flip, leaving them in the water. Both men were wearing dry suits and life jackets. One kayak got away from them, but they were able to climb on top of the other overturned one and launch a flair to indicate their position.A 47-foot Coast Guard rescue boat from Station Merrimack River was deployed, along with another 47-foot Coast Guard rescue boat from Station Gloucester and an HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod.Due to shallow water, the rescue boats could not reach Attenborugh and Raleigh, so the helicopter crew hoisted them from the water, and transported them to Plum Island Airport where there was an ambulance waiting. They declined medical attention, but both were reported in good condition."The four attributing factors to these men surviving were the life jackets and dry suits they were wearing, in addition to the flares and hand-held VHF radio they had on board," said Lt. Greg Callaghan, Coast Guard Sector Boston duty officer.The second kayak was pulled from the water by local police.
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