A Coast Guard helicopter crew based on Cape Cod rescued two kayakers Thursday afternoon after their kayaks capsized near White Island in Boothbay Harbor.

A 29-foot rescue boat crew from the Coast Guard station in Boothbay Harbor responded around 2:30 p.m. after getting a call from a woman who said she and another kayaker had capsized but reached White Island.

The rescue boat was unable to land on the island because of shallow water and rocky terrain.

“There are a lot of submerged, jagged rocks in the area and a strong surge,” said Chief Petty Officer William Armstrong.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived at White Island around 5:22 p.m. and hoisted the kayakers off the island a few minutes later. The kayakers were flown to the Brunswick Executive Airport. They were not injured.


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