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Coast Guard Rescues 2 People Whose Kayak Flipped In Tampa Bay



U.S. Coast Guard
Two people were rescued after their kayak flipped over off the coast of Florida on Saturday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.
Coast Guard Station Cortez watchstanders were notified at around 8 p.m. that marine rescue crews from the Manatee County and Pinellas County sheriff’s offices were responding to kayakers in distress near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans Tampa Bay to connect the two counties. The Coast Guard deployed a boat crew to assist.
The Station Cortez boat crew rescued two kayakers from the water at around 8:25 p.m., and transferred them to an Eckerd College Search and Rescue boat crew. The kayakers were then transported to O’Neill’s Marina.
No injuries were reported and the kayak was recovered, the Coast Guard said.
“The proper use of life jackets and coordination between partner agencies aided the rescue of both people,” said Lt. Casey Skomer, an operations unit controller at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “All kayakers are reminded to have a life jacket, sound-making device, and a light if paddling at night.”
TMX contributed to this article.