Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Lake Michigan - WNEM TV 5


Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Lake Michigan

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A 31-year-old man was rescued from Lake Michigan by the Coast Guard on Monday morning.

The man sent out a distress signal from a personal locator beacon about 30 miles west of Muskegon, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan launched a rescue crew and contacted one of the man's relatives. The relative reported the man was planning to kayak from Milwaukee to Muskegon, the Coast Guard said.

About 9:30 a.m., an hour after being contacted, an aircrew from Air Facility Muskegon arrived and saw the man waving his hands for help, the Coast Guard said.

A rescue swimmer was lowered into the water and both were hoisted aboard the helicopter. The man suffered extreme seasickness, according to the Coast Guard.

"The personal locator beacon played a huge role in the success of this rescue," said Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, the pilot during the rescue from Air Facility Muskegon. "Having the survivor's position made it easier for our crew to reach him quickly and get him out of a hazardous situation."

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