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Coast Guard rescues kayaker crossing Lake Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued a kayaker who activated an emergency beacon while trying to cross Lake Michigan from Milwaukee.

With waves 10 feet high, the man was plucked from the water and pulled into a helicopter today two hours after the Coast Guard received a distress signal.

The Coast Guard says the 31-year-old man was suffering from “extreme seasickness” when he was discovered 30 miles from the Muskegon shore in western Michigan. His trip across the lake had started Saturday in Milwaukee.

The Muskegon Chronicle identified the kayaker as Matthew Frymire of Grand Haven Township.

The helicopter pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Shana Donaldson, says the personal emergency beacon had a “huge role.” It made it easier for the Coast Guard to find him.

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