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Coast Guard, LCSO rescue kayakers near the Sanibel Causeway

By Staff | Jun 12, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people on June 11 after their kayak capsized approximately one mile north of the Sanibel Causeway.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach received a call via 911 transfer at 5:45 p.m. from one of the kayakers stating that their group of six – two men and four women – were exhausted and in need of emergency assistance, according to officials.

A Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach 29-foot Response Boat-Small II boat crew and marine unit from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office launched to assist.

At 5:58 p.m., the RB-S crew located one man in the water and one man clinging to an overturned kayak. The crew hoisted the men and their kayak aboard, while the LCSO marine unit crew assisted the women aboard its boat. The RB-S crew transferred the two men to the LCSO boat, which transported all six people to the Sanibel Causeway.

There were no injuries reported.

“This rescue was a success because of the excellent coordination and partner agency teamwork with Lee County Sheriff’s Office personnel,” Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Miller, crewmember at Station Fort Myers Beach, said. “I was also very happy to see the person in the water wearing a life jacket. Being prepared and wearing your life jacket can be the difference between life and death during an emergency.”