Coast Guard crews on Friday morning rescued a kayaker who had found himself without a paddle in Charleston Harbor the night before.
Guardsmen aboard a helicopter spotted 53-year-old Tim Pratt around 7:50 a.m. after he was stranded on Morris Island, which is at the mouth of the harbor just north of Folly Beach, Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen said.
Pratt wasn't hurt, but a broken paddle meant that he wasn't able to get back to shore.
His rescue capped an overnight search that started when Pratt's wife reported him missing Thursday night. The Sullivan's Island Fire Department contacted the Coast Guard for help around 9:30 p.m.
After they spotted him Friday morning, the Coast Guard helicopter crewmembers landed their aircraft on the island, welcomed Pratt aboard and flew him to Charleston Executive Airport on Johns Island, Jorgensen said.
Paramedics and Pratt's wife were waiting there.
Pratt was examined at the airport, and he was deemed to be in good shape. He was not hospitalized.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the North Charleston Fire Department helped the guardsmen and Sullivan's Island firefighters during the operation.
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