Distressed kayaker rescued near Charles Island

The Milford fire and police department’s marine units responded to a kayaker in distress on Wednesday, June 12 near Charles Island, retrieving him from the water and transporting him safely to shore.

According to Milford Police Press Information Officer Jeffrey Nielsen, Milford police received a complaint regarding the boater in distress shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Members of the Milford Police Department’s Marine Unit located a 47-year old male in the water holding onto a kayak which he was unable to get back into.

According to Nielsen, the subject was shaking and complaining of leg cramps. After executing the rescue, members of the Milford Fire Department evaluated him and transported him to a local hospital for further treatment. The Milford Fire Department assisted with the removal and storage of the kayak.

Nielsen said that the male had originally launched the kayak from Gulf Beach and indicated a wave caused his kayak to overturn. He was not wearing a lifejacket at the time. The water temperature was approximately 63 degrees at the time of the rescue.