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Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan

September 1, 2014
Associated Press

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan, 30 miles from shore in western Michigan.

With waves 10 feet high, the man was plucked from the water and pulled into a helicopter Monday, two hours after the Coast Guard received a distress signal.

The Coast Guard says the 31-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was suffering from "extreme seasickness" near Muskegon. His trip across Lake Michigan had started in Milwaukee.

The pilot who rescued the man, Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, says the personal emergency beacon had a "huge role" in the incident. It made it easier for the Coast Guard to find him.

 
 

 

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