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Coast Guard rescues kayaker 30 miles off shore in Lake Michigan

UNDATED (WHTC) -- A Grand Haven resident kayaking across Lake Michigan this weekend was rescued by the Coast Guard. Matthew Frymire planned to leave Milwaukee and arrive in Grand Haven Sunday morning, but changed his travel plans several times. It is unclear when he left, but Frymire was having some trouble Monday morning so he set off his Personal Locator Beacon as a call for help. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received his distress call at 8:30 a.m. and sent out crews from Coast Guard Stations Grand Haven and Muskegon as well as the Coast Guard Air Facility that rescued Frymire by 9:30 a.m.

Levi Reid of the Ninth District Coast Guard said that without the PLB, Frymire likely would not have been found.

"Personal Locator Beacons are really awesome, they work really effectively and basically take the 'search' out of 'search and rescue,'" Reid said. 

Reid also said that although a PLB is expensive, there is no price on the lives it could save. 


By: Claire Fodell