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I heard a quick thing on the news last night about a kayaker rescued by the coast guard somewhere around the CBBT this week - anyone know if they were fishing or just out for a paddle?
 

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i posted a link to the pilotonline article on the VA board asking if anybody knew who the lady was but I did not get much of a response. the article said she was not wearing a pfd...
 

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I found the followings off http://coastguardnews.com/kayaker-rescued-near-chesapeake-bay-bridge-tunnel/2008/12/15/:

A Good Samaritan arrived on scene but was unable to pull the woman out of the water.
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va., arrived on scene and rescued the woman.
The rescue boat crew transported her to their station and transferred her to awaiting emergency medical personnel.
She was treated for mild hypothermia.
The woman was reported not wearing a life jacket.
"We always promote boating safety," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Roberto Bobonis, a crewman at Station Little Creek. "The number one thing is wearing your life jacket. You can only swim so long when the water temperature is under 50 degrees."

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I have one more comment about cold water self rescue. If it takes more than 15 seconds or more than one attempt for re-entry on a calm water (1.5' wave or less) during practice, practice more or find the better way.
Joe
 
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