Kayakers retrieved



BAR HARBOR — A local kayak guide decided to play it safe when winds picked up Sunday afternoon in the middle of a group tour. The tour group with Acadia Park Kayak tours made for nearby Burnt Porcupine Island and went ashore there. The group had seven people, including the guide.

No local public safety boats were available to retrieve the group when they contacted the Bar Harbor Fire Department at 12:15 p.m., so the Coast Guard responded with a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Southwest Harbor.

The crew already was underway from another incident, a statement from the Coast Guard said. They arrived at the island, picked up the people and kayaks and delivered them safely to the Bar Harbor town pier by 2:30 p.m.

“These folks did the right thing,” Chief Petty Officer David Lebrecht said. He said the wind was calm in the morning, but increased as the air temperature warmed in the afternoon, which is typical for the area.

“When the weather changed, they were smart to call it quits and call for help, instead of pushing on against the elements,” he said.

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