New details: Barnstable Fire, Harbormaster respond to overturned kayak
BARN TABLE – Barnstable Fire and the Barnstable Harbor Master responded to a report of a capsized kayak on Saturday afternoon. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., a 911 call from the water off the Scudder Lane Landing reported that one of the two kayaks had overturned and the individual was unable to right it. The victim was reported hanging from the overturned kayak. Rescue boats quickly arrived at the scene off Sand Island and pulled the victim out of the water and retrieved the kayak. The victim was assessed at the dock for possible hypothermia.
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Update: In a statement, Barnstable Fire told Cape Wide News they were dispatched at 1:14 p.m. for an overturned kayak with a person in distress in the water. The Barnstable Fire Department responded with 3 crew members of Marine 219, a 25-foot SAFE boat moored in Barnstable Harbor. The watch command vehicle and a deputy chief responded to the landing from the town of Scudder’s Lane in the village of Barnstable.
Barnstable Fire Department vehicle ashore as well as Barnstable Police were able to spot the party in the water off the beach in the town of Scudder’s Lane drop-off area and lead both Marine 219 as well as a Barnstable Harbor Captain’s ship to the party in the water, which was about half a mile from shore.
A person wearing a life jacket was retrieved from the water and brought to Barnstable Harbor for a medical assessment and refused to be taken to hospital. The Barnstable Harbor Master secured the individual’s kayak.
Response agencies included the Barnstable Fire Department, Barnstable Harbor Master and the Barnstable Police Department. The Barnstable Fire Department would like to stress the importance of wearing life jackets when recreational on the water.