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Coast Guard rescues 17-year-old girl after 4-hour search in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard rescues 17-year-old girl after 4-hour search in Gulf of Mexico

Posted: April 11, 2016

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a missing 17-year-old girl after 4-hour search off Tarpon Springs, Florida, Sunday, April 10, 2016. The Coast Guard launched an air and surface search at 6 p.m. after the family reported the missing girl became separated from them during a kayaking trip and not returned to the departing location.

The missing girl later stated her kayak had been waked by a boat and she lost her paddle and then drifted for several hours into the dark until a Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew spotted her at 10:06 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard helicopter crew vectored in a 29-foot response boat crew from Station Sand Key, Florida to her location who then transported her to awaiting EMS and family members.

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She was last reported in stable condition with signs of mild hypothermia.

Video courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard


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Map above shows location where the girl was located.

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