Two kayakers were rescued from Massachusetts’ Ipswich Bay on Sunday after one of the kayakers capsized during windy conditions.
On Sunday, October 22, at about 9:35 a.m., the Ipswich Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to Ipswich Bay for reports of one or two kayakers that had allegedly tipped over into the water at Clark Beach.
While rescue personnel were en route, a dispatcher informed first responders that an Ipswich policer officer in the area of Clark Beach had spotted at least one individual treading water.
A police boat was quickly launched into the river from the Town Wharf. First responders also alerted the U.S. Coast Guard Station on the Merrimack River in Newburyport.
While conducting a search of the area, officers in the boat were informed that the kayaker was still in the water near Pavilion Beach. Upon the vessel’s arrival to the Pavilion Beach area, first responders found one person inside their kayak and a male kayaker treading water holding on to both kayaks.
First responders were able to safely pull the male kayaker out of the water and onto their boat. The Coast Guard was informed that all parties were safely located.
The male kayaker who was found in the water was transferred to the harbormaster’s boat to allow for a quicker transport to the shore. Once on shore, the male kayaker was treated at the scene and evaluated by EMS.
The other kayaker safely paddled back to the shore.