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Good Samaritans assist kayakers off TX Coast

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HIGH ISLAND, TX (KLTV) - The crew of a fishing boat returned two kayakers to safety, Friday, after strong, northern winds pushed them out to sea off High Island, Texas.

One of the distressed kayakers contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at approximately 11:30 a.m., with a VHF handheld radio, stating that strong winds prevented them from returning to shore.

The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and diverted an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston to assist.

The crew of the World Freedom, a fishing boat in the vicinity of the kayakers, responded to the UMIB, brought the kayakers aboard and transported them close enough to shore for them to safely make it in.

"In this particular case, what's really important to outline is the fact that things can go wrong," said Lt. Brian Seekatz, one of the pilots aboard the helicopter. "These kayakers found themselves in a situation with uncommon, strong, northern winds, where they could not paddle back to shore. The fact that they had a radio on their kayak to call the Coast Guard saved their lives, without expending our resources and personnel."

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