Woman, 2 boys reported missing while kayaking in Door County found safe 12 hours later

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: July 11, 2014 - 11:00 AM

STURGEON BAY, Wis. — A woman and two boys who went missing while kayaking in the waters of Green Bay off Door County were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter about 12 hours after they were reported missing.

The woman, 43, and two 9-year-old boys were spotted by a C-130 search plane from Canada about 10 miles from Chambers Island in Michigan waters about 6 a.m. Friday, authorities said.

The woman was in one kayak and the boys were in another and all three were wearing life jackets, Coast Guard Petty Officer Tyler Goss said. They were located about 14 miles from where they launched their kayaks at Nicolet Bay in Peninsula State Park about 3 p.m. Thursday, Goss said. A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the woman and boys from their kayaks into the chopper.

All three were being treated for mild hypothermia, Door County sheriff's officials said. They were taken to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

Staying in their kayaks was a smart move, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Stanley Rittner.

"Any time you're out on a boat or kayak, you always stay with the boat," Rittner said. "As soon as you get in the water you get cold."

The three planned to paddle to Eagle Harbor in Ephraim when they left Nicolet Bay, Goss said. The kayak rental company called the Door County Sheriff's Department about 6:30 p.m. when the trio did not return.

Rittner said the wind Thursday generated waves of 1 to 2 feet in Green Bay.

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