Kayaker Rescued on Long Island Sound


The Coast Guard rescued a distressed kayaker approximately 5 miles north of Roanoke, NY, on Saturday, September 20.

At approximately 10:27 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call via channel 16 from a female voice saying, ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, Kayaker in the water,”’ according to Chief Petty Officer Frank St. Pierre, the command duty officer at Sector Long Island Sound.

With only a bearing of 050 off the Bethany RFF tower, the watchstanders began to make call-outs to obtain additional information and attempt to minimize the search area.

The Sector watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) then received another call over channel 16 from a woman who stated that she was the distressed kayaker and that she could not get back on her kayak.

The kayaker, who was wearing a life jacket and wetsuit, had energized her personal Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), which indicated her approximate position.

Coast Guard District One out of Boston notified Sector Long Island Sound of receiving an EPIRB distress signal with a position correlating to the distressed kayaker.

“When we first received the distress call on channel 16, our search area extended from Bethany, Connecticut, out to 4 nautical miles south of Shinnecock,” said St. Pierre. “Due to the kayaker being well prepared, we were able to minimize the search area drastically.”

A rescue boat crew from Station New Haven was launched to the kayaker’s estimated position, along with a Suffolk County helicopter.

The helicopter crew was first on scene and was able to make contact with the kayaker via her handheld radio. Shortly after, the rescue boat crew arrived and removed the kayaker from the water.

Once recovered from the water, Station New Haven crewmembers assessed her condition and determined that she was in good health and not in need of medical assistance.

The kayaker and her kayak were brought back to Station New Haven, Connecticut.