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Kayaker rescued after 34 hours on Lake Michigan

September 1, 2014
A 31-year-old man kayaking from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Muskegon was rescued after more than 34 hours on Lake Michigan by the Coast Guard Monday morning.

Matt Frymire was attempting to kayak nearly 80 miles across Lake Michigan. He was almost there when his body shut down. The trip started out well, but the further he paddled, the bigger the waves became.

"It was getting dangerous because the waves were actually starting to break and go over me and everything," Frymire said.

The waves in the area were reported to be around 10 feet with winds from 23 to 28 mph.

"Once the waves got big, I started getting sea sick really bad. I had food but I couldn't keep anything down. I had been throwing up, so I just had no energy left," said Frymire.

Around 7:30 a.m. Frymire sent out a distress signal from his personal locator beacon.

The Coast Guard brought in a helicopter to rescue him just 30 miles from his destination.

News Story courtesy: WOOD-TV 8 (MI)

Additional Story: MI-Live News

Previous Report: Kayak Across Lake Michigan

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