Kayakers rescued from Apostle Islands during thunderstorms

Jul 13, 2016

APOSTLE ISLANDS NATIONAL LAKESHORE, WI--  Eleven kayakers were rescued from Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands during Monday night’s severe storms. 

Three National Park Service vessels and one Coast Guard ship responded to Sand Island on a report that several kayakers had capsized and washed up on shore. 

Darkness, wind, rain, lightning, and high waves made rescue operations difficult, but personnel were able to access the beach and remove the kayakers, some of whom were juveniles. 

The group was taken to the NPS visitor center at Little Sand Bay, where they stayed until morning.