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USCG advises kayakers to carry flares

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U.S Coast Guards, who rescued a man and a dog who capsized in their kayak near San Francisco and drifted seven miles away, have urged all on the water to carry flares.

The man and his dog were rescued after their overturned kayak was spotted in the Carquinez Strait, near the Benicia-Martinez bridge, at Benicia.

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Vallejo and a helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco carried out a search.

The man, who was wearing a lifejacket, was found almost two hours later. He and his dog were seen around seven miles away by the crew of the Royal Star tug clinging to a pillar near the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge.

The Station Vallejo boat crew rescued the man and transferred him to Benicia Fire Department EMS personnel, who treated him for hypothermia.

Vallejo Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate, Trevor Black, says the kayaker flipped over after reaching for a drink.

The Coast Guard recommends also carrying marine distress signals when out on the Strait, even though they are not required. “If I had a boat, I’d always have flares,” says Mr Black.

The image is courtesy of USCG.

Aug 08, 2017