Unmanned kayak found adrift off Cape Cod, kayaker located on nearby island
CAPE COD, Mass. — A kayaker was located Tuesday after an unmanned kayak was found drifting off the coast of Cuttyhunk Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard said they received a call from an individual who found an unmanned, 12-foot kayak with a wallet and cell phone inside.
A 29-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod, as well as the Buzzards Bay Task Force, launched a search effort in the area.
At about 10 a.m., 48-year-old Robert Kaminski called watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England and reported he was sailing Monday night to Cuttyhunk Island from Gooseberry Neck Island when a wave knocked him out of his kayak.
He said he tried to stay with the kayak as long as possible, but the seas were too rough, so he swam to Nashawena Island where he fell asleep from exhaustion. When he awoke, he found a house on the island to use a phone and let people know he was okay.
"Kaminski did two very important things," Petty Officer 1st Class Shannon Helly, a command duty officer for Sector Southeastern New England, said. "He wore his life jacket and called to let us know he was okay. We would like to remind paddle craft users to label your kayak with your name and contact information and have a reliable means of communication.
The aircrew medevacked Kaminski to Barnstable Municipal Airport where awaiting Emergency Medical Services transported him to Cape Cod Hospital.