Missouri Kayaker Safe After Being Reported In Distress Off Huron County Shore

This is the kayak involved in Friday's Lake Huron rescue. (photo courtesy of Huron County Sheriff's Office)

Huron County Sheriff deputies and Caseville fire personnel responded to a report of a kayaker in distress off of the Eagle Bay Public Access
site in Port Austin Township late Friday afternoon.

A search began and the 52-year-old woman from Lee Summit, Missouri, was eventually spotted paddling toward Grindstone Harbor from the west.  She came ashore at the north Grindstone Point and refused medical treatment, although she did change from her survival suit into warmer clothing.

It turns out the woman had been trying to set a Great Lakes record for kayakers, but developed trouble with her rudder in addition to being disrupted by unexpectedly strong northerly winds.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson successfully persuaded her from  putting off her record attempt for the time being at least until ice, water
and weather conditions improved.

Huron County Sheriff airport entering ice field off shore from Grindstone harbor (photo courtesy of Huron County Sheriff’s Office)

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