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Ten Kayakers Rescued From Windy Core Sound

Cape Lookout National Seashore

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Ranger Lance Herman received an urgent call for help from a Boy Scout group leader early on the afternoon of July 25th. She reported that 10 of the 15 kayakers in the group were having difficulty navigating Core Sound due to that afternoon’s high winds, adding that she could only see five of the ten kayakers having problems. Nine Boy Scouts and one adult in kayaks were trying to paddle south on Core Sound to Shackelford Banks into a very strong head wind of more than 25 mph that blew them off course in several different directions. Herman and chief ranger Barry Munyan responded. They retrieved seven of the kayakers, one of whom was standing on the bottom in the middle of the sound without a kayak a mile-and-a-half from shore. Acting chief of maintenance Harvey Nelson and maintenance worker Johnny Dixon assisted by retrieving three of the kayakers from the water. All the scouts and the one adult were rescued and transported to the visitor center area.  There were no reported injuries. All ten were wearing lifejackets.



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