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Press Release | Aug. 18, 2023

Coast Guard saves 2 kayakers stranded on island in Indian River, Delaware

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two kayakers Thursday after they were beset by weather and became stranded on Burton Island, Delaware.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Coast Guard Station Indian River watchstanders received a report from 911 dispatch of two kayakers in the Indian River in need of assistance.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Indian River diverted a 27-foot Special Purpose Craft- shallow water (spc-sw) crew, who were already underway conducting training in the vicinity of the search area.

The kayakers shined a light at the rescue boat to help the crew locate them.

The station crew located the kayakers and brought them safely back to North Shore Marina in Indian River.

“Even though the kayakers did not end up in the water, they still had life jackets on when they were rescued,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Hunter Barrett, the spc-sw break-in coxswain during the case. “In the event that they had capsized, their life jackets would have kept them afloat. A life jacket is something we always commend mariners for wearing.”

No injuries were reported.