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Coast Guard rescues stranded kayakers by Gandy Bridge

ST. PETERSBURG — An early-morning fishing trip ended in a rescue mission when two kayakers were left without a paddle.

Coast Guard officials arrived around 1:30 a.m. Thursday and picked up the kayakers, who were stuck under the Gandy Bridge in St. Petersburg, according to the Coast Guard.

The men had gone out to a platform under the bridge to fish, but their paddle floated away while they climbed up the platform. Left with no way to propel their kayak, they used a cellphone to call for help.

The men and their kayak were taken back to the bridge's boat ramp, where family members were waiting. No injuries were reported.

Coast Guard rescues stranded kayakers by Gandy Bridge 01/17/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:10pm]

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