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Rangers Rescue Capsized Kayakers

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

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On Wednesday, August 17th, 13 kayakers associated with a commercial guide trip attempted to paddle from Meyers Beach to the mainland sea caves within Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Two kayakers capsized in three- to four-foot seas and were rescued by a private boater who transported them to Cornucopia. Eight other kayakers from this group began struggling in rough water near the sea caves and requested assistance from National Park Service rescue staff. The remaining three kayakers were able to paddle safely back to Meyers Beach.  A small craft advisory had been posted for the near shore waters of western Lake Superior that day and rangers at Meyers Beach had advised kayak groups not to launch due to the current and anticipated hazardous wave conditions. The National Park Service mobilized 15 people and two vessels during this rescue operation. Other agencies involved in the rescue included South Shore Ambulance and the U.S. Coast Guard.



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