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.