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Kayakers rescued from rough seas off Scituate

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 6, 2013 01:01 PM

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Two kayakers are lucky to be alive, after rough seas tipped their kayak over and strong winds pushed them out to sea Sunday afternoon.

According to Scituate Harbormaster Mark Patterson, the winds were blowing 30-40 miles per hour and the tide was three to five feet above normal when his office received a call from Scituate Fire Department at about 3 p.m., saying two kayakers were in the water.

“The report to us was one had flipped over and the other was trying to help him. I’m assuming in the process that person ended up out of the kayak,” Patterson said.

Assistant Harbormaster Michael Bearce and Joe McDonough quickly went out to respond to the scene, yet it took 25 minutes for the harbormaster boat to get there.

By that time, both the man and woman kayaker had managed to climb to a rock half a mile off the shore and were clinging to it.

“Bearce was able to maneuver the boat close to the rock and with some difficulty got them to shore and to the Fire Department, who transported them,” Patterson said.

Both kayakers were cut up from the rocks and coral covering the stones, and were cold and scared from being in the water half an hour, Patterson said. But because they were wearing life jackets, they avoided more serious injuries.

“That may be what made the difference,” Patterson said.

Staffers didn’t go after the kayak, as the water conditions were too rough, Patterson said.

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