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Updated: Stranded Kayaker Found Safe

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BERLIN, Md.– The Department of Natural Resources says a Maryland State Police helicopter found a distressed kayaker off Assateague Island on Tuesday evening. 

DNR officials said the 26-year-old kayaker, who is from Virginia Beach, launched a kayak from Old Ferry Landing around 2 p.m. Tuesday after staying at the Pinetree campsite. Officials said the kayaker told them the winds picked up on the bay late in the afternoon and waves began to break over the kayak.

According to officials, the kayaker decided that paddling back to the campsite was not possible so the person called 911 around 6:30 p.m.

NPS Rangers, an NRP officer, an Assateague State Park Ranger and Berlin Fire and Rescue responded and attempted to find the stranded kayaker. Through the information the kayaker provided, the search was narrowed to an area of the bay off Hungerford's area, according to DNR officials.

A Maryland State Police helicopter responded, having received a report of a hypothermic subject stranded bayside. DNR says the pilot quickly found the kayaker and hoisted the person out of the water.

The kayaker tells WBOC there were no injuries to report, "just a little hypothermia," and refused EMS treatment.

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