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Six people rescued after harsh winds flipped their kayaks and threw them overboard

Miami Herald File

A fun trip on kayaks took a turn Friday as six people found themselves in the water after their boats overturned.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Palm Beach Sheriff’s office rescued six boaters from the water near Blue Heron Bridge, the coast guard said.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a report of six people who fell from their kayaks due to 23-28 mph winds.

When the two agencies arrived they embarked the kayakers and brought them ashore.

“Thankfully, the kayakers had their life jackets on which contributed to the success of this mission,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Leicht, coxswain at Station Lake Worth. “Preparation is paramount when getting out on the water. Steps as seemingly simple as putting on a life jacket and telling people where you’re going and how long you’ll be out can save your life.”

The Coast Guard released a few boating safety tips to keep in mind when out on the sea:

File a float plan

Wear a life jacket

Monitor weather broadcasts

Have a signaling device to communicate an emergency

Never boat under the influence

Miami Herald Real Time Reporter Devoun Cetoute covers breaking news, Florida theme parks and general assignment. He attends the University of Florida and grew up in Miami. Theme parks are on his mind in and out of the office.
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