Coast Guard rescues two kayakers near Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard rescued two missing kayakers early Sunday morning in the Pamlico Sound, south of Oregon Inlet.

The Coast Guard in Wilmington received a call from one of the kayakers at approximately 4-30 Saturday afternoon. Both men were found alive, conscious and wearing life jackets at about 1:20 Sunday morning nine miles southwest of where they initially reported their distress.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from station Oregon Inlet located the men, who had been in the water for more than nine hours.

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The Coast Guard is searching for two kayakers Saturday near Oregon Inlet.

The Coast Guard in Wilmington received a call from one of the kayakers at around 4:30 p.m.

The kayaker said he and another male kayaker, both wearing life jackets, were in distress in Pamlico Sound in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet Buoys #7 and #8.

The man reported one of their kayaks was submerged, and he and the other man were both in the water.

A lifeboat and helicopter crew were launched from Air Station Elizabeth City. As of 10:45 p.m., all three crews were still searching.

A vehicle belonging to one of the kayakers was discovered at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center in Nags Head.

On scene conditions at the time of the distress call were 22 mph winds, three-foot seas, an air temperature of 77 degrees and a water temperature of 82 degrees.

Both men are approximately 26 years old.