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.
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
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.
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."