A distressed kayaker is extremely lucky after being rescued off the coast of Longport.

6 ABC reported that police notified the Coast Guard station in Atlantic City after receiving a call concerning a distressed person who was clinging to his kayak in the water off Longport Dog Beach.

The Coast Guard station in Atlantic City responded to the scene and rescued the man who was holding on to his submerged kayak. The swimmer was taken to Shore Memorial Hospital for observation. The Margate Fire department also assisted and responded to the scene.

The Command Duty Officer of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center, Petty Officer 1st Class Alexander Catonguay tells 6 ABC,

 "The quick response of Station Atlantic City was a vital role in the outcome of this case," "Consistent training provides Coast Guard members to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to cases no matter when they occur."

The Coast Guard Station in Atlantic City is located on 900 Beach Thorofare.

In a single year, the United States Coast Guard responded to over 19,000 rescues, saved over 3,500 lives and more than $77 million in property, according to US Boating.org. 

SOURCES: 6abc.comusboating.org

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