Coast Guard rescues kayaker on Maine coast

Posted May 22, 2009, at 9:18 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:08 p.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard says a man has been rescued from Maine’s Burnt Porcupine Island after his first ocean-kayaking trip.

Officials said 31-year-old Jason Munley of Pittsburgh set out Thursday for a 10.5-mile trip from Hancock Point to Bar Harbor.

He didn’t arrive when expected and a group of friends started looking for him on shore. Around 10 p.m., they flagged down a lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor. The lifeboat crew and another Coast Guard boat crew were joined by a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, and Bar Harbor police and the Rockport harbormaster assisted.

Munley’s light was spotted around 11:30 p.m. and the helicopter crew flew in to get him.