first published on April 19, 2016 by Josh
A 17-year-old-girl went missing while kayaking off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Florida. She was found after a 4 hour search by U.S. Coast Guard.
A kayaker went missing off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Florida on April 10, 2016. The Coast Guard launched a full out search for the 17-year-old-girl after the family reported her missing, and she did not return to the departing location.
At around 10:00 p.m. that night she was recovered by the Coast Guard. The girl stated that after a boat’s wake hit her kayak, she lost her paddle and started to drift. She drifted for several hours until a coast guard helicopter spotter her, and a 29-foot response boat crew from Station Sand Key, Florida was able to rescue her.
She was recovered in stable condition with signs of mild hypothermia and transported to awaiting EMS and her family.
When ranked by inter service banter, the United States Coast Guard earns the role of the redheaded, horribly freckled stepchild. They are the butt of all branch jokes, and they deserve it. Yet, don’t let that ego measuring contest fool you… in reality, the Coast Guard is an absolute workhorse, constantly patrolling off shore and cracking down on drug smugglers and staying vigilant for enemy submarines, all while being the life guards of large water bodies with the search and rescue (SAR) missions seen in this video. They really do deserve our respect.
While the Coast Guard is the smallest of all the United States’ military branches, with an average of ~35,000 active duty members, it ranks as the 12 largest naval force in the world. The USCG has made some of the largest volume drug busts in history.