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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man after his kayak capsized and he suffered a head laceration about 1½ miles off Atlantic City on Saturday.

A relative of the man, who was monitoring his progress from shore, notified Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay of the kayaker in distress via VHF radio.

A 29-foot Response Boat Small rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and an MH-65 Dolphin Rescue Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched to assist.

The boat crew recovered the kayaker and brought him to Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services.

“This kayaker took the right safety measures by wearing a life jacket (and) by notifying a relative of where they were planning to go,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Box, a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. “These safety precautions drastically increase survivability and decrease search time when a boater is in need.”

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