U.S. Coast Guard and Massachusetts State Police crews launched a search for a possible kayaker in distress near Egg Rock, off the coast of Nahant, Massachusetts, on Monday, April 9.
A Good Samaritan called Coast Guard Sector Boston at 5:50 p.m., stating that he was on Little Nahant Island when he noticed a kayaker seemingly having difficulty and being pushed up against Egg Rock.
About 10 to15 minutes later, the caller lost sight of the kayaker, who was reportedly in a white kayak and wearing an orange vest or lifejacket, and called the local authorities. The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot Response Boat and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Point Allerton, as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod to begin the search. Meanwhile, the Mass. state police also began searching for any signs of the missing kayaker. The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Campbell was also dispatched to assist.
Weather on scene was winds of between 10 and 15 knots, seas of 3’ to 5’, and a water temperature of around 43 degrees.
“In these conditions, a person in the water could experience hypothermia in a relatively short time and be unable to help him or herself,” said Lt. j.g. Amanda Styles, the command duty officer for the Sector Boston command center. “We are hoping the kayaker has made it out of the water safely and will be able to contact us, however for now we will continue our search.”
If anyone has information that could aid the Coast Guard by either helping prove this report a false alert or verifying that someone planning to kayak in the vicinity of Egg Rock is still missing, please contact the Coast Guard’s 24-hour command center at (617-223-5757).