Coast Guard rescues kayaker stranded on Shell Island

Published Aug. 6, 2012

ST. PETE BEACH — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a kayaker Sunday near Pass-a-Grille Beach after the 49-year-old became separated from his brother-in-law during an outing.

The brother-in-law tried calling the missing kayaker on a cell phone, the Coast Guard said, but the calls went to voice mail.

The man then called the Coast Guard, which launched two boats, including a 25-foot boat from its St. Petersburg station, and a helicopter from Clearwater.

The helicopter crew spotted the kayaker on Shell Island waving his shirt at the rescuers, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard directed a boat to the island, and the kayaker was taken to the Tierra Verde Marina to meet his family.

No injuries were reported and the Coast Guard did not identify the kayaker.