Coast Guard helps overturned kayaker near Birch Bay

Posted by JIM DONALDSON on August 1, 2013 

A kayaker who flipped near Birch Bay was pulled from the water Wednesday night, July 31 by Coast Guard crews from Bellingham and Port Angeles who were in the area for a scheduled training exercise.

A person on shore contacted the Coast Guard station in Bellingham to report a man's kayak had flipped over at about 8 p.m.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Port Angeles and a boat crew from Bellingham went to the scene and safely hoisted the kayaker into the helicopter. He was taken to Bellingham International Airport to a waiting ambulance crew for treatment of mild hypothermia.

The kayaker's name and condition was not available Thursday morning.

In a press release, the Coast Guard said paddlers should dress for water temperature as opposed to the air temperature, and should wear a brightly colored life jacket to increase their visibility and the chances of being found in the event of an emergency.

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