Last week, two kayakers were rescued from the chilly waters of outer Boston Harbor after their kayaks tipped, the Boston Globe reports. The Coast Guard responded after they placed a 911 call from a cellphone. The pair, who were wearing PFDs and dry suits, showed signs of hypothermia after clinging to a buoy for an hour in 3-foot swells, 12-mph winds, and 52-degree water.
Although the two seemed to be relatively prepared, it’s a good reminder that well-honed rescue techniques are a must when going out in those conditions.
It’s certainly not a leisurely paddle along the Mystic.