2 Kayakers Rescued By US Coast Guard Near Skyway Bridge (USCG)

2 Kayakers Rescued By U.S. Coast Guard Near Skyway Bridge In Pinellas County

2 Kayakers Rescued By US Coast Guard Near Skyway Bridge (USCG)
2 Kayakers Rescued By US Coast Guard Near Skyway Bridge (USCG)

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two people Saturday after their kayak flipped near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Coast Guard watchstanders were notified around 8 p.m., through a 911-connected mobile app, that Manatee and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office marine rescue crews were responding to kayakers in distress.

The Station Cortez boat crew retrieved both kayakers from the water around 8:25 p.m. and transferred them to an Eckerd College Search and Rescue boat crew.

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The people were transported to O’Neill’s Marina, no injuries were reported, and the kayak was recovered.

“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 Sector St. Petersburg. “All kayakers are reminded to have a life jacket, sound-making device, and a light if paddling at night.”

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