Duluth Firefighters Rescue Capsized Kayaker

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth firefighters have rescued a man clinging to an overturned kayak in Lake Superior.

The St. Louis County sheriff’s office got a report about 2 p.m. Tuesday of a man in the water, clinging to the kayak and calling for help.

Firefighters were able to rescue the 24-year-old man, identified as Marshall Hansberry of Duluth. He was taken to a Duluth hospital and treated for hypothermia.

The sheriff’s office says Hansberry reportedly was wearing a life jacket but was not wearing cold weather protection gear.

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  • JackieM

    Glad he is ok! That could have turned out a lot worse!

  • d martinez

    I saw him carrying the yellow kayak down the hillside next to leif erickson park. When I walked past him on the beach I Almost stopped him from getting in because he didn’t have a life jacket on. He looked novice and I assumed he would stay close to shore. Then he started paddling further away I grew concerned and began watching him in the choppy water. I lost sight of him. I climbed a rock and still couldn’t see him. Then I called 911. I knew he wouldn’t last with no life jacket. Glad he’s okay, next time I ll be more forward.

    • Marshall Hansberry

      Martinez, I am the kayaker, thank you SO much for calling 911, I am lucky to be alive. I’ve been kayaking for about 10 years and this was not the first time taking that route. I had my life jacket close, but not on right away (when I tipped, I grabbed it from the storage compartment and started wearing it); flotation wasn’t actually my concern, I could have treaded water out there for some time and I had the kayak to hold onto if needed, but the cold is what was starting to get me. I took the life jacket off so I could move a little more freely around the boat (which had completely filled with water). Every attempt I made at swimming knocked me underwater and I decided to stay with the boat and hope for rescue. I don’t know what I would have done differently, other than worn my wetsuit, which I disregarded because of how gorgeous it was out and how nice the harbor was just a few days before. If it wasn’t for you, I would be dead. Thank you.

  • Dave Joseph

    Ok, kayak clubs around the country are hearing about this incident and we are all wondering if the kayaker in question is now going to take some lessons and learn to kayak responsibly? Going out alone, and not dressed for the water temperature, and apparently with no ability to self-rescue, and with a PFD stowed away? That is not responsible kayaking.

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